“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Prattville in Autauga County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Happy Hollow

Happy Hollow Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 17, 2013
1. Happy Hollow Marker
Inscription.  Known as Fair Road, Sixth Street from Northington Street to the big curve was called “Happy Hollow”. The road went to the Fair home place but also curved right, into Warren Circle. Here stood a small frame church where the congregation’s enthusiastic preaching, singing, and shouting led to the name Happy Hollow Church. Bethlehem Colored Methodist Episcopal was relocated in 1947 to Chestnut and Sixth, and renamed Bethlehem Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Within the Hollow the “Spring”, one of Prattville’s signature artesian wells, provided water for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing before the city had a central water system. The mail route ended at the home of Miss Molly Burt where all the neighbors picked up their mail. These gathering places made for a close-knit community.

A traditional African American neighborhood, the Hollow was home for domestic workers, farm laborers, landowners and sharecroppers. Descendants of these families became leaders in Prattville and beyond: educators, nurses, doctors, accountants, carpenters, armed forces and ministers.

Beloved as a place to
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By Mark Hilton, December 17, 2013
2. Happy Hollow "Big Curve"
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grow up even in segregated times; black and white children could not go to school together but played together in the branch that runs the length of The Hollow.
Erected 2010 by Alabama Historical Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1947.
Location. 32° 27.956′ N, 86° 27.643′ W. Marker is in Prattville, Alabama, in Autauga County. Marker is on East Sixth Street 0.4 miles east of North Northington Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 497 East Sixth Street, Prattville AL 36067, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sidney Lanier/Prattville Male and Female Academy Site (approx. half a mile away); Sidney Lanier (approx. half a mile away); The Prattville Dragoons (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Prattville Dragoons (approx. half a mile away); Saint Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pratt Gin Factory (approx. 0.7 miles away); Daniel Pratt/First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Prattville, Alabama / Original Members (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prattville.
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 City of Prattville Plans Unveiling of Happy Hollow Historic Marker. (Submitted on December 18, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,695 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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