Historic Markers Across Alabama

The Duke of Cahaba

Marker ID: AHC 
Location: on Oak Street near 2nd Street North, Cahaba, Alabama
County: Dallas
Coordinates: N 32° 19.43    W 087° 5.872
  32.32383333    -87.09786666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


In 1889, Samuel and Sarah Kirkpatrick moved to Selma, leaving their farm and house in the capable hands of their son Clifton (1863-1930). He turned the abandoned remains of Alabama's first capital into a showcase farm of diversified, scientific agriculture, departing from the South's one crop cotton system. In 1902, he began planting the pecan trees you see all around you.

Clifton Kirkpatrick believed in public service and worked to promote the welfare of all farmers. From 1927 until his death, he served in the Alabama House of Representatives. The Montgomery Advertiser published this political cartoon by Spang on January 12, 1927. Kirkpatrick was progressive advocate of good farming practices and an agricultural leader in the central Alabama region known as the "Black Belt."

He also served as unofficial tour guide to the historic sites in Cahaba, often hosting visitors at his home with warm-hearted hospitality. Over the years, he became known as the "Duke of Cahaba."

Erected by Alabama Historical Commission.

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