Historic Markers Across Alabama

Weeden Heights — early 1900s

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Location: at the intersection of N. Broadway Street and Mahogany Ave, Florence, Alabama
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 34° 49.157    W 087° 38.3
  34.81928333    -87.63833333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


This Twentieth century business and residential area was developed by John D. Weeden Jr. during the building of Wilson Dam and the World War I Defense Plants. Weeden Heights was carved from 3,800-acre Sweetwater Plantation, the former home of his grandfather, Governor Robert M. Patton. The slave village, with its 23 small cabins facing a community square, was located north of the Broadway Recreation Center. An unmarked slave cemetery is nearby. In 1871 the Pattons gifted a 25-acre farm in this area to a former slave. Edmund Patton. "In consideration of his faithfulness and fidelity."

Erected 2009 by Alabama Historical Commission.

End of Weeden Heights — early 1900s