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Negroes Sought by New US Army
A Friday, August 1, 1947 notice by Florence Army recruiting officer Lt. Inman O. Scott that the US Army is now authorized to maintain a ten percent Negro strength and setting forth the new opportunities and enlistment/reenlistment requirements
Higher Percentage of Negro Voter Registration Per Capita in Lauderdale County than White Registration
A May 21, 1959 Florence Herald report that a recent survey indicates that, out of 17,000 registered voters in Lauderdale County there is a higher percentage of registered black voters (20%) per capita than registered white voters (13.4%) per capita.…
A History of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church II
"This is a collection of articles about the early history of St. Mark MB Church. According to Florence historian Lee Freeman, the documented history begins with John Portlock: "John A. Portlock (1802-1878) was a North Carolina native who ran a…
Old Uncle Henry Beckwith
Part of the Thursday, June 7, 1900 "Rhodesville Items" column in the Florence Herald by the correspondent "Abraham," noting that respected Rhodesville African-American resident. "Uncle" Henry Beckwith was mentally ill, believing he was a prisoner of…
This is an advertisement for Dr. C.S. Fenner, who advertised that he operated on cases of vesico-vaginal fistulas in women, particularly "planters who having negro women, who are useless...can, in most instances, have them restored to their full…
"An Old Landmark Gone"
This is a newspaper obituary for Leander Harris, 76 or 78, who was enslaved by Thomas Kirkman and was a jockey for James F. Jackson. Leander was the father of Bill Harris.
Archie Skipworth Drowned
A Thursday, July 4, 1901 Florence Herald report from a column titled "In Colored Circles" of the accidental drowning of black resident Archie Skipworth while crossing the Tennessee River to Jones Island in a skiff.
William Ragland's Mishap Crossing Cox's Creek
A Wednesday, January 25, 1882 Lauderdale News report of the mishap of African-American resident William Ragland, who lost a mule and four sacks of corn while attempting to cross Cox's Creek when his wagon got into deep water. Ragland and the other…
A Cutting Affray
A Tuesday, December 24, 1889 Sheffield Weekly Enterprise report of an altercation between African-American employees of the Cole Furnace Water Childs and Alfred McDaniels over money Childs owed McDaniels, which resulted in McDaniels striking Childs a…
In Colored Circles
A Thursday, July 1, 1901 Florence Herald column reporting on the news from Florence's African-American community.