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Collection: Sports and Recreation
"A Little History Making Aids Burrell's Mitchell"
This is an article about the leadup to a basketball game between the all-black Burrell-Slater High School team and the previously all-white Deshler High team from Tuscumbia.
"Alabama College Signs First Negro Football Players"
This is a Jet Magazine article about Bobby Joe Pride and Leonard Thomas, the first two African Americans to sign with Florence State University to play football
"Burrell Downs Deshler in Thriller"
This is an article about the Burrell-Slater/ Deshler High School basketball game in 1968. This was the first time an all-black team played a previously all-white team in the Shoals area, and 2,500 fans watched as Burrell defeated Deshler, 92-90.
"Burrell Says Goodbye to Athletes"
This is a newspaper article about the closing of Burrell Slater High School.
"Burrell Star Signs"
This is a newspaper photo of William Weakley, who signed a scholarship to play basketball at Florence State University after graduating from Burrell Slater High School. Also pictured are coach Harvest Mitchell, Burrell principal W.H. Lewis, Florence…
"Burrell’s 4th Sports Class"
This is a transcript of a newspaper article and accompanying photograph about the 4th Burrell-Slater Athletic Hall of Fame class.
"Lauderdale County Champions"
This is a newspaper photo of the Burrell Slater Tigers, Lauderdale County Tournament champions from 1969.
This is a newspaper photograph of Sam Brewer, director of Handy Recreation Center, and Joseph O. Brown.
This is a newspaper photograph featuring Leonard "Rabbit" Thomas and Bobby Joe Pride, the first African Americans to play football for Florence State.
"Newest Burrell Slater Class Set for Induction February 2"
This is a newspaper article about the 2018 class of inductees into the Burrell-Slater Athletic Hall of Fame. The photograph shows, from left to right: Charles Blackburn, Curtis Simpson, Shirley White Moulton, Albert “Dusty” Suggs.