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Leeds in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Leeds Benchmarks In History

(Settled circa 1818-1820); (Incorporated 1887)

 
 
Leeds Benchmarks In History Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 18, 2011
1. Leeds Benchmarks In History Marker (Front)
Inscription.
Front:
The War of 1812, geography, geology, and three cultures shaped the history of Leeds. Lying at the crossroads of ancient Indian paths in the center of Alabama, Leeds drew Europeans, Cherokee, and African-American settlers to a land of fertile growing seasons and rich sources of coal and mineral ore. The early settlers built churches and schools and left the influences of Cedar Grove, Oak Ridge, Ohanafeefee, and Mt. Pleasant abundantly evident in current Leeds. The principal survey of Leeds was entered into Jefferson County map Book 10, page 21, in 1908. The settlement, dating to 1818 and incorporating in 1887 as Leeds, has existed along the banks of the Little Cahaba River; beside an historic stagecoach road; and along two live railroads for the larger part of American history.
(Continued on other side)

Reverse:
(Continued from other side)
James Hamilton, a Scottish-Irish American veteran of the War of 1812 and first sheriff of Shelby County, settled at Cedar Grove in 1818. John Richard Ingram Pashal Stewart, a Cherokee English teacher and American veteran of the War of 1812, settled at Ohanafeefee Village abut 1840. At Oak Ridge in 1820 or 1821, European Settlers formed Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the first CPC congregation in middle Alabama. By 1887, the original railroad
Leeds Benchmarks In History Marker (Reverse) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 18, 2011
2. Leeds Benchmarks In History Marker (Reverse)
pioneers included free African American settlers who came to work at the Leeds cement plant and the Central of Georgia as well as the Georgia Pacific railroads. Some gravitated to Historic Mt. Pleasant Church where a handful of freed slaves had founded Scott City. Hillard Holley, Ciscero Davis, Jeff Harris and Bill Johnson started Leeds Negro/Primary School in 1921.
 
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Leeds.
 
Location. 33° 32.676′ N, 86° 32.673′ W. Marker is in Leeds, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Parkway Drive (U.S. 78) and 6th Steet Southeast, on the right when traveling east on Parkway Drive. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7901 Parkway Drive, Leeds AL 35094, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Henry (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Depot (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shiloh Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jonathan Bass House Museum (approx. 0.8 miles away); Congressional Medal Of Honor Recipients (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rowan House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mt. Hebron School (approx. 4.6 miles away); Sidney Word Lee (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Leeds.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Leeds Benchmarks In History Marker stands in front of the Imogene Wright Falletta Visitors Center image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 18, 2011
3. Leeds Benchmarks In History Marker stands in front of the Imogene Wright Falletta Visitors Center
Aerial view of Leeds, Alabama. image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, August 16, 1988
4. Aerial view of Leeds, Alabama.
Aerial view of downtown Leeds, Alabama. image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, August 16, 1988
5. Aerial view of downtown Leeds, Alabama.
9th Street Southeast, Leeds Alabama. image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, July 12, 2009
6. 9th Street Southeast, Leeds Alabama.
800 Block of Parkway Drive, Leeds, Alabama image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 18, 2011
7. 800 Block of Parkway Drive, Leeds, Alabama
The Old Leeds Depot image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, July 12, 2009
8. The Old Leeds Depot
Leeds First Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 18, 2011
9. Leeds First Presbyterian Church
Portland Cement Co established 1907. image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 18, 2011
10. Portland Cement Co established 1907.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 762 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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