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"$50 Reward" for runaway slave, Cato
This is a newspaper notice offering a reward for the capture of Cato, about 23 years of age, 5' 6 or 7 inches tall, who ran away from the Franklin County plantation of John Bell.
"150 Dollars Reward" for Nathan, a mulatto boy
This is a newspaper notice submitted by A.G. Booth claiming that a mulatto boy named Nathan, about 4 years old, was "stolen" from him. According to Booth, Nathan was "backward when spoken to," and had a "fresh burn on the side of his neck."
"40 Dollars Reward"
Bob and Luke, escaped from the plantation of James Hood
This is a newspaper advertisement announcing that two men had escaped from James Hood's plantation, two miles west of Florence. Bob is described as 5 feet 3 or 4 inches in height, "remarkably stout made, thick short neck, and speaks rough, between 23…
"A Brief History of Burrell-Slater High School--1903 through 1969" By W.H. Lewis, 12/11/1973
This is a written history of Burrell Normal and Burrell Slater High School, written by William H. Lewis, professor and principal of Burrell for 43 years.
"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 Card of Thanks"
Florence historian Lee Freeman: this is a letter from Reuben Patterson (1836-1929), a cook and former slave who moved to Florence ca. 1868 with his former master, Col. Josiah Patterson, expressing his "heartfelt thanks" to several "white gentlemen"…
This is a letter from Florence liveryman John T. Farmer (ca. 1815-1893) thanking fellow liveryman Rush Patton, Sr. (ca. 1837-1907) and several other black citizens (John Turnley, William Thomas) for their help in extinguishing a recent fire which…
"A Colored Minister"
A May 5, 1896 letter to the editor of the Florence, Alabama Florence Times by Rev. SM Harkins of Birmingham, Alabama, praising the Florence Times as among other things, "broad and liberal, and has thus begotten a spirit of justice that would do…
"A Dangerous Negro"
This is an article about George Lester, who was accused of, and arrested for, several crimes in Florence in 1914.
"A Hog Thief in Trouble"
An August 12, 1868 Florence, AL Literary Index newspaper article reporting on the arrest of freedman Jack Bailey of Florence for stealing a hog belonging to fellow-freedmen Abraham Rice and Lewis Moore.
After a hearing before Esq. Crow Bailey was…