Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Hickory Hill Plantation Slave Cemetery
To the south of this marker is the Hickory Hill Plantation Slave Cemetery which contains the remains of approximately 140 African-Americans. These individuals labored in the bonds of slavery during the period 1818 to 1865 and many as tenant farmers after the Civil War. In March 1818, General John Coffee purchased 1280 acres of land in this area and established his plantation, Hickory Hill. He built his home approximately 700 feet to the east of this site and 150 feet beyond the current walled cemetery. By 1819, Coffee had moved his family to its new home. He was dependent upon slaves for the operation of his plantation and owned as many as 85 slaves at one time. Coffee cultivated his plantation with slave labor until his death on July 7, 1833. Thereafter, his family continued the work using slave labor until slavery was abolished on December 18, 1865. It is believed that many African-American remained at Hickory Hill after the Civil War and tilled the land as tenant farmers. Following then common practices, a cemetery for slaves working on the Hickory Hill Plantation was located here. 500 feet to the west of the Coffee
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil.
Location. 34° 50.509′ N, 87° 41.549′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Surveyor Road near Cloverdale Road (Alabama Route 157), on the left when traveling west. Marker is south of the Walmart and west of the Coffee Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2621 Cloverdale Rd, Florence AL 35633, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Coffee: 1772-1833 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); General John Coffee (approx. ¼ mile away); Florence's Early Water Tower 1890 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ante-Bellum Cotton Mills 1840 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Governor Hugh McVay Home Site and Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Homer Givens (approx. 1.8 miles away); North Wood United Methodist Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Gilbert Elementary School (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2019, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.