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Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

James Thomas Rapier

City of Florence Walk of Honor

 
 
James Thomas Rapier Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, July 13, 2009
1. James Thomas Rapier Marker
Inscription.  
Lawyer and statesman James T. Rapier, a son of free African-American parents in Florence, holds the distinction of being just the second African-American from Alabama to be elected, in 1873, to the U.S. Congress.
 
Erected 2007 by City of Florence.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansGovernment & Politics. A significant historical year for this entry is 1873.
 
Location. 34° 48.381′ N, 87° 37.883′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker can be reached from Hightower Place south of Veterans Drive (Alabama Route 133), on the left when traveling south. Located in River Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ronnie Gene Flippo (a few steps from this marker); Lt. Col. R. Edward Yeilding (a few steps from this marker); William Christopher Handy (within shouting distance of this marker); William D. "Buddy" Killen (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Asbury O'Neal, III
Walk of Honor River Heritage Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, March 22, 2010
2. Walk of Honor River Heritage Park
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Maj. Gen. George W. Goethals (within shouting distance of this marker); Caroline Lee Hentz (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Sigismund Stribling (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
Also see . . .
1. James T. Rapier. James Thomas Rapier (November 13, 1837 – May 31, 1883) was a United States Representative from 1873 until 1875. He was one of Alabama's three black congressmen during Reconstruction. (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

2. BlackPast.Org Remembered & Reclaimed. Rapier, James Thomas (1837-1883) (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,376 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   2. submitted on March 22, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 1, 2022