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Let Not Your Heart Be Hardened
This book tells the story of Joe Louis Duster, who grew up in Florence Alabama and became the city's first African American firefighter in 1981.
The Gray and the Black: The Confederate Debate on Emancipation
This book examines Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne's proposal to arm the slaves and free them after the war and the firestorm of debate which ensued.
The Confederate Negro: Virginia's Craftsmen and Milita
This is one of the first books to examine African Americans in the Confederacy.
West Florence Neighborhood Plan
"The West Florence Neighborhood Plan is an extension and detailing of the City of Florence Comprehensive Plan. The neighborhood plan was developed through a series of meetings and community presentation that included local residents, the
"James Rapier and the Negro
Labor Movement, 1869-1872"
This is a link to an article about James Rapier and his involvement in the Negro Labor Movement.
"A SLAVE FAMILY'S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM"
This is an account of Peter Still, who purchased his freedom from slavery in Tuscumbia.
Get a Shot of Rhythm and Blues:
Arthur Alexander Story
This book chronicles the life of musician Arthur Alexander, whose 1962 hit song "You Better Move On" helped launched the success of FAME recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
The Negro Motorist Green Book, 1949
This is a link to a 1949 "Green Book," which was a guidebook for African American tourists published between 1936 and 1966. The books helped African American travelers find accomodations in segregated cities, as well as to identify businesses across…
"BLACK AMERICAN RELIGION - - -FROM SLAVERY TO SEGREGATION"
This is an article about African American religion, with an emphasis on the Shoals area.
Duty Driven: the Plight of North Alabama's African Americans During the Civil War
This book is an account of some of the African American men from north Alabama who served in the United States Army during the Civil War.