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"A Call to Assembly: The Autobiography of a Musical Storyteller"
This book is Willie Ruff's autobiography, and describes his early life in Sheffield, Alabama, his education at Yale University, and his teaching career at Yale.
"A Slave Family in the Ante-Bellum South"
This is a link to an article about the Rapier family of Florence, Alabama.
"A SLAVE FAMILY'S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM"
This is an account of Peter Still, who purchased his freedom from slavery in Tuscumbia.
"BLACK AMERICAN RELIGION - - -FROM SLAVERY TO SEGREGATION"
This is an article about African American religion, with an emphasis on the Shoals area.
"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.
"SELF-EMANCIPATION – JOHN BURTWELL"
This is a link to an account of the escape of John Burtwell, who was a slave of steamboat captain and Florence, Alabama resident John Trumball Burtwell.
"SLAVE MISSIONS AND MEMBERSHIP IN NORTH ALABAMA"
This is a link to a thesis written by Eric Blake McLendon that concerns religion during slavery in north Alabama.
"SOME ASPECTS OF SLAVERY IN THE MUSCLE SHOALS AREA"
This is an article about slavery in the Shoals area.
"The Kidnapped and the Ransomed. Being the Personal Recollections of Peter Still and his Wife "Vina," after Forty Years of Slavery" Electronic Edition.
This is a link to an online version of Peter Still's account of his struggle to gain his freedom.
Black Catholics in the United States
Florence historian Lee Freeman: "A nice overview of black Catholics in the US from Colonial times to the present. Contains information on the antebellum black Catholic population of Mobile. In the mid-1940s Florence African-American businesswoman…