Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Bettie Hunter House
Erected by The African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile. (Marker Number 4.)
Location. 30° 41.438′ N, 88° 2.934′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is on St Francis Street 0.1 miles west of North Lawrence Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 504 St Francis Street, Mobile AL 36602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John L. LeFlore (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Thomas N. Harris (about 400 feet away); Andrew N. Johnson (about 400 feet away); Creole Firehouse #1 (about 700 feet away); Dr. H. Roger Williams (about 700 feet away); St. Louis Street Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 Shaarai Shomayim (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
Regarding Bettie Hunter House. Bettie Hunter was born in 1852 in Cahaba, Alabama. As a point of reference, this was the same year Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Hunter was eleven years old when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Cahaba had declined economically from it's formerly prosperous days as the first state capital of Alabama. Simultaneously Mobile gained great economic importance, especially after the fall of New Orleans in 1862 made Mobile the major gulf port of the South. Rather than continuing the agricultural work of her slave days, Bettie Hunter moved to Mobile to seek economic opportunities in the city.
Bettie Hunter's descendants still maintain the property today. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 for architectural and historic value.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on house. (Submitted on July 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. National Register of Historic Places Inventory document. (Submitted on July 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.