Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Charles Caine Anderson
City of Florence Walk of Honor
Erected 2014 by City of Florence.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 34° 48.358′ N, 87° 37.89′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Hightower Place. Behind Marriott Shoals in Heritage Park Walk of Honor. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Hightower Place, 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. Oscar Stanton DePriest (here, next to this marker); Dr. Amit Roy (here, next to this marker); Rear Adm. John Murray Hood (here, next to this marker); Frank Perron Achorn (a few steps from this marker); Lt. Col. R. Edward Yeilding (a few steps from this marker); Ronnie Gene Flippo (within shouting distance of this marker); James Thomas Rapier (within shouting distance of this marker); William Christopher Handy (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
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1. Fireworks Today. Charles Anderson’s own rags-to-riches story began in Florence, Alabama, where his father started a makeshift newsstand in 1917. At 9, Anderson was helping out with the family business by delivering papers. After attending the University of North Alabama, Anderson returned to Florence to work at the newsstand full-time, adding books, magazines and even fireworks to the small original storefront and opening more locations. The success of the fireworks business in his stores inspired Anderson to launch a side business importing fireworks from China; today, that company is TNT Fireworks, of the four companies Anderson shaped from those tiny North Alabama newsstand. Today, Anderson’s four sons run the four businesses—TNT Fireworks, Books-A-Million, Anderson Press and Anderson Media—and he serves as chairman emeritus of the Anderson Companies. The president and CEO of the Alger Award Association, Tony Novelly, calls Anderson’s success “incomparable” and an example of the American Dream. “Mr. Anderson’s accomplishments, work ethic and vision for his family’s business deeply reflect the principles of Horatio Alger,” says Novelly. (Submitted on November 5, 2016, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
2. PRNewswire. Given the nature of his family's first business, Mr. Anderson and his wife, Hilda, are dedicated to improving literacy in the United States. A compassionate leader in his own community and beyond, Mr. Anderson has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, First United Bancorp and Heritage Trust Fund. A longtime supporter of the Salvation Army, he was a member of its National Advisory Board, and he previously served as a charter member of the Shoals Economic Development Authority Board. Mr. Anderson is also a member of the President's Cabinet at the University of North Alabama, his alma mater, and was named Alumni of the Year in 1979. He was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Alabama Academy of Honor in 2011. (Submitted on November 5, 2016, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
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