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  • Collection: People of Interest

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Coleman Hargrove "Hog" Van de Graaff was the second son born to Circuit Judge Adrian Sebastain "Bass" Van de Graaff Sr. and Minnie Cherokee Jemison Van de Graaff.

Like his older brother, Adrian, Hargrove attended the University of Alabama and…

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Born in 1935 in Sumter County, Alabama, Theophilus Yelverton Rogers, Jr., better known as T.Y. Rogers, Jr., came to Tuscaloosa in 1964, and he is credited with providing key leadership for the civil rights movement in Tuscaloosa.

Reverend Martin…

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Gordon D. Palmer became the fourth president of the First National Bank of Tuskaloosa in 1941 and was the first person to serve in that position who was not a Moody. The bank was founded by Judge Washington Moody in 1871. Palmer was named Citizen of…

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Marie Ellen "Nellie" Clarkson was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Thomas Boston Clarkson and Sarah Caroline Heriot.

On November 28, 1860, at the age of 19, she married Peter Bryce, a 26-year-old native in Columbia, South Carolina. This was…

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William Davenport Latner (abt 1815 - 1900) and his wife Katherine "Kattie" Richardson Latner (1810-?) were both born in South Carolina. (Her name may be spelled with a "C." )

The couple moved to Hale County, Alabama, where he worked as a…

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Ryan deGraffenried, Sr., a Tuscaloosa attorney and politican, ran for Governor of Alabama twice. During his campaign trail for the second and more promising race, he died in a plane crash in February 1966.

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Inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame, Crawford was a mentor and cared about women's welfare including issues of mind, body, and spirit. She was born in Georgia but her family moved to Alabama and from age three, she lived on the family…

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Hugo Friedman, a native of Tuscaloosa and a local philanthropist, was born October 13, 1878. He played football, baseball, and tennis at the University of Alabama from 1894-1897. He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering but after two years as…

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Eugene Allen Smith was professor, geologist and naturalist who traveled the state of Alabama to study its natural resources to help it recover from the devastation of the Civil War.

Eugene Allen Smith, fondly nicknamed "Little Doctor," is shown…

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Robert Jemison, Jr. was one of the most prominent, wealthy and powerful citizens in Alabama and in Tuscaloosa’s early days of development. More than just a plantation and land owner, Jemison was a lawyer, politician, industrialist, civic leader and…
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