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Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery
This book tells of the life of Henry Goings, born Elisha Turner, who escapes from slavery. Goings was born in Virginia and brought to Florence where he worked on the Smith plantation near the Forks of Cypress.
James T. Rapier and Reconstruction
This book examines the life of James T. Rapier, who was born in Florence, Alabama and moved to Canada where he received an education. Rapier returned to Alabama after the Civil War and became active in politics. In 1872, he was elected to the House…
The Price they Paid: Desegregation in an African American Community
This book chronicles the transition from segregated schools to integrated schools in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
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.
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.
Father of the Blues: An Autobiography
This book is an autobiography of W.C. Handy.
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.
"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.
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…
"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.