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This book examines African Americans and the Confederate war effort.
Freedmen's Public School Letters
According to Florence historian Lee Freeman, "The Freedmen’s Public School, seems to have succeeded a series of earlier schools, such as that taught in 1865 by native African-American and former Wesleyan College bootblack "Prof." George Poole…
"The Colored Grammar School"
These are articles relating to the grammar school for African Americans in Florence in 1869. Florence historian Lee Freeman notes, "I'm not sure but I think the Freedmen's Public School by 1869 had become the Florence Colored Grammar School. By 1869…
(1)This is a newspaper advertisement for "negro shoes," of which the merchant Alexander had many extra pair. They were advertised as "double soled," and "very cheap, for cash or credit."
The Know-Nothing Party in Florence and the saga of editor Charles Wheeler of the short-lived "American Democrat" newspaper
This is a collection of articles about the Know-Nothing Party in Lauderdale County and editor Charles Wheeler of the American Democrat.
"Sheriff's Sale of 50 or 60 Negroes" from the estate of James C. Kennerly
(1) This is a newspaper advertisement for the sale of "50 or 60 negroes" from the estate of James C. Kennerly in Tuscumbia.
Public Slave Sales
This is a collection of advertisements for public slave sales that took place in front of the Lauderdale County Courthouse in downtown Florence.
Articles on Major James R. Crowe, a founding member of the Ku Klux Klan
These are a series of articles about James R. Crowe, a founding member of the Ku Klux Klan. According to Florence historian Lee Freeman: "A native of Pulaski, in Giles County, TN, James R. Crowe (1839-1911) relocated to Marion, AL in 1861 where he…
Jo Beckard Arrested on a Charge of Drunk and Disorderly
March 17, 1875 *Florence Gazette* article reporting the arrest and incarceration of local African-American Jo Beckard on a charge of drunk and disorderly.
A January, 1875 *Florence Gazette* report of local blacks Sylvester Hargraves and Henry Donnegan being arrested on January 22 on a charge of hog stealing. Hargraves was sentenced to "Castle Blair" (a reference to the county jail after Chief of Police…