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The people in these interesting old photographs are unknown. Can you identify them?

While browsing the Alabama State Archives, I have frequently run across some really interesting old photographs of Alabamians with absolutely no information about them. I always thought it was a shame that some family tried to save the photo for posterity by giving it to the Archives, but it is sad that we do not know the names.

Since we have so many readers around the world, I decided to publish a few of the really old ones on the website from time to time and perhaps someone will be able to identify the people in them or at least we can all enjoy looking at them. They provide an interesting glimpse of Alabama’s past.

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If you have information, please share it in the Reply section below and be sure to identify the photograph (i.e. File #, File #) in your response. You can also click on the link at the top to reach the actual Archives photograph and provide any information you have directly to them.

TinType of Group of four white adults and one African American boy File Q957 

ca. 1890 

The back of the image is labeled “Shepard, A. F. Fort Payne 1890.” Tintype is 3 x 5 inches

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The back of the image is labeled “Shepard, A. F. Fort Payne 1890.” Tintype is 3 x 5 inches  Q959Tintype_removed_from_mat (2)

Family on the porch of a house in Sand Mountain, a community in Bibb County, Alabama Q9547 (Duke and Weeks family) ca. 1890Family_on_the_porch_of_a_house_in_Sand_Mountain_a_community_in_Bibb_County_Alabama

Eight young African American women outside a school building in Bibb County, Alabama ca. 1915 Q8723



Group standing on the porch of the Blocton Post Office in Bibb County, Alabama ca. 1890 Q9461 (Duke and Weeks family)Group_standing_on_the_porch_of_the_Blocton_Post_Office_in_Bibb_County_Alabama

Group of children and adolescents inside the old Baptist church in Randolph, Alabama ca. 1900 Q9451 (Duke and Weeks family collection)


Students standing in front of a one-room schoolhouse in Randolph, Alabama ca. 1900 Q9457 (Duke and Weeks family collection)Students_standing_in_front_of_a_oneroom_schoolhouse_in_Randolph_Alabama

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Johanna Davis Weeks I wonder if are any of these Max’s Weeks family from West Blocton?

  2. Martha Barksdale, Barbara Williams, Rebecca Clayton

  3. I believe the third picture’s location is wrong. It says it was taken in Sand Mountain, which is located in Jackson & Deklab Co. in NE Alabama. The first 2 say Ft. Payne. Which puts the first 3 pictures from the same area.

  4. Sad, it only takes a minute to put the year and place on the back of the picture.

  5. It’s sad , my Great Aunt donated my Great Grandfather’s confederate uniform in 1960 for the upcoming centennial, lost now forever .

  6. Well is it not the responsibility of the archives to ascertain the facts when they accept the donation? Seems to me that that is part of their job.

  7. That’s at old Breman Al post office

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