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
 



Text:

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.



Notes:

Marker Dedication or Erection Date: April 22, 1979



End of Horace King