Historic Markers Across Alabama

Horace King

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: can be reached from Greensboro Avenue near 2nd Street (Jack Warner Parkway), Tuscaloosa, Alabama
County: Tuscaloosa
Coordinates: N 33° 12.812    W 087° 34.334
  33.21353333    -87.57223333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMCZJ7


Born a slave in South Carolina in 1807, Horace King became a master bridge builder while working with John Godwin. With the aid of Tuscaloosa Robert Jemison, King was freed by act of the Alabama legislature in 1846. He went on to build many bridges and other structures across the South. Revered and respected for his organizational abilities, building skills and personal integrity, he formed the King Brothers Bridge Company with his family after the Civil War. After serving two terms in the Alabama legislature during Reconstruction, he died at LaGrange, GA in 1885, John Godwin and Horace King built the first bridge across the Black Warrior River on this site in 1834.

Erected 2002 by Alabama Historical Association.

End of Horace King