Historic Markers Across Alabama

Horace King

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: at the corner of Dillingham and Broad Streets, Phenix City, Alabama
County: Russell
Coordinates: N 32° 27.811    W 085° 00.054
  32.46351666    -85.0009
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Side 1
Born September 8, 1807, near Cheraw, South Carolina. Of African and American Indian ancestry. Slave of John Godwin, bridge builder. Supervised first Dillingham Street Bridge, 1832-1833. Freed by act of Alabama Legislature, 1846. Member Alabama House of Representatives, 1869-1872. Successful contractor-builder in Chattahoochee Valley. Died in LaGrange, Georgia, May 27, 1887.

Side 2
Horace King, a slave of John Godwin, was construction foreman for the first Dillingham Street Bridge in 1832, when he and Godwin introduced the "Town Lattice" bridge design into the Chattahoochee Valley . King built most of the early wooden bridges spanning the river, including those at West Point, Eufaula, and Fort Gaines-Franklin. After Godwin's death in 1859, he raised a monument inscribed: "In lasting remembrance of the love and gratitude felt for this lost friend and former master."

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Russell County Historical Commission, 1979.


Marker Dedication or Erection Date: April 22, 1979

End of Horace King