Horace King, 1807-1885

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Title

Horace King, 1807-1885

Subject

Bridges

Description

A historic marker erected on the banks of the Black Warrior River near the Hugh Thomas Bridge in Tuscaloosa reads:

Born a slave in South Carolina in 1807, Horace King became a master bridge builder while working with John Godwin. With the aid of Tuscaloosan Robert Jemison, King was freed by act of the Alabama legislature in 1846. He went on to build many bridges and other structures across the South. Revered and respected for this organizational abilities, building skills and personal integrity, he formed the King brothers Bridge Company with his family after the Civil War. After serving two terms in the Alabama legislature during Reconstruction, he died at LaGrange, GA, in 1885. John Godwin and Horace King built the first bridge across the Black Warrior River on this site in 1834. Alabama Historical Association

Source

Betty Slowe

Date

April 12, 2017

Contributor

Betty Slowe (Description)

Type

Photograph

Identifier

2341

Coverage

Tuscaloosa (AL)

Original Format

Photograph