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Airman First Class Samuel Ashford
A February 22, 1962 photo of Airman First Class Samuel Ashford from the "News About Negroes" section of the Tri-Cities Daily noting that the Leighton native had been selected "Supply Man of the Month" for the 310 Bombardment Wing, stationed at…
Smallpox in Florence's African-American Community, 1900-1901.
A series of Florence Herald and Florence Times articles from February of 1900 and May of 1901 chronicling smallpox epidemics. The articles featured here report on the impact of smallpox in Florence's African-American community.
The murder of an enslaved man owned by Thomas Kirkman by Mr. Isaac Vanlier
This is a newspaper article detailing the murder of an enslaved man, owned by Thomas Kirkman, by Isaac Vanlier.
An incident between John Murphy and Dick, enslaved by John Simpson of Florence
This is an article detailing an altercation between Florence merchant John Simpson's overseer, John Murphy, and an enslaved man named Dick. Apparently, Murphy had chastised the wife of Dick, who responded by "using the most insolent and abusive…
The Murder of Moses Hanser
This is a newspaper article that describes the murder of Moses Hanser, a "free negro" living in Florence. According to the article, Hanser was in Florence following the "dying business" and may have been staying with a man named Goyne (or Goin). The…
Obituary and Death Notice of Oscar Casey
The Florence Herald and Florence Times obituary and death notice of African-American resident of St. Florian (approximately 5 miles NE of Florence), Oscar Casey, who died after he fell into a ditch, said to be intoxicated, and being unable to regain …
Mrs. Nina Murrell Simpson Retires After 46 Years
A Saturday, September 17, 1955 Huntsville Mirror report on the retirement of Florence, Alabama teacher Mrs. Nina Murrell Simpson, widow of the late Dr. J. A. Simpson of Florence, after 46 years.
Colored Farmers Show Commendable
A Thursday, November 30, 1916 Florence Herald report of a meeting of African-American farmers the previous week at the Lauderdale County court house. The meeting included "a splendid exhibit of corn, hay, poultry, cured meats, vegetables and other…
Circuit Court, 2nd Week
An October 22, 1873 Florence Times-Journal report of cases from the 2nd week of the Circuit Court, which notes, among other items, that African-American Jack Perkins had been acquitted of burglary charges.
Wallace Answers Callaway Article
In February of 1921, a controversy involving local African-American educator Prof. Young A. Wallace (1848-1937) erupted when local white physician Dr. William J. Callaway (1879-1939), a member of the county medical society, writing to the local…