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

Oscar Stanton DePriest

City of Florence Walk of Honor

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, November 4, 2016
1. Oscar Stanton DePriest Marker
Inscription. In 1928, Oscar S. DePriest, son of former slaves, became the first 20th Century African-American Congressman from the north. He is credited with the Anti-discrimination Amendment to the 1933 Civilian Conservation Corps Bill.
 
Erected 2016 by City of Florence.
 
Location. 34° 48.358′ N, 87° 37.89′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Hightower Place. Touch for map. Behind Marriott Shoals in Heritage Park Walk of Honor. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Hightower Place, Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Caine Anderson (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. Oscar Stanton De Priest. Civil rights advocate Oscar Stanton De Priest was born in Florence, Alabama on March 9, 1871, to former slaves. (Submitted on November 5, 2016.) 

2. We shall overcome. During his three terms (1928-1935), as the only black representative in Congress, De Priest introduced several anti-discrimination bills. His 1933 amendment barring discrimination in the Civilian Conservation Corps was passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Roosevelt. A second anti-lynching bill failed, even though it did not make lynching a federal crime. A third proposal--a bill to permit a transfer of jurisdiction if a defendant believed he or she could not get a fair trial because of race or religion--would be passed by another Congress in another era. (Submitted on November 5, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

3. Oscar S. DePriest - BlackPast.org. (Submitted on November 8, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. African AmericansPolitics
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 75 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 5, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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