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.
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.
The back of the image is labeled “Shepard, A. F. Fort Payne 1890.” Tintype is 3 x 5 inches
Family on the porch of a house in Sand Mountain, a community in Bibb County, Alabama Q9547 (Duke and Weeks family) ca. 1890
Group standing on the porch of the Blocton Post Office in Bibb County, Alabama ca. 1890 Q9461 (Duke and Weeks family)
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)
ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS – Settlement: Lost & Forgotten Stories (Volume 2) is a collection of lost and forgotten stories of the first surveyors, traders, and early settlements of what would become the future state of Alabama.
- A Russian princess settling in early Alabama
- How the early setters traveled to Alabama and the risks they took
- A ruse that saved immigrants lives while traveling through Native American Territory
- Alliances formed with the Native Americans
- How an independent republic, separate from the United States was almost formed in Alabama