News from Mayor Steve Holt

City of Florence, Alabama

June 25, 2020


The Florence City Council meeting is scheduled for

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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Meet Francie, a little Shepherd sweetheart!

Follow the Florence Lauderdale Animal Services on Facebook or stop in for a

visit to discover your own sweet furbaby today!

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It can be truthfully and proudly said that the City of Florence has always been an education town. By 1820, just two years after the establishment of our great town, the John Coffee family founded a school on the family plantation which was located at today's intersection of Cloverdale Road and Cox Creek Parkway. A Professor Lorance was brought to town as the teacher at the school, and other local children were invited to enroll as well. Fast on the heels of this initial school was another on South Cedar Street in downtown Florence, with Reverend Wall, an Episcopal priest, as the teacher. The building was on property owned by James Jackson who lived at the locally-famous Forks of Cypress plantation. Then a series of schools appeared quickly in private homes and in commercial buildings. For a period of time, there was even a small school building in the "public walk" (now Wilson Park). The first school specifically for African-American children was established in 1866 by the Freedman's Bureau. Individuals also offered private lessons in their homes in such subjects as piano, organ, dance, elocution, etc. It was obvious from the start that early citizens valued education and were anxious for their children to have every opportunity imaginable. Such a great legacy that is still being carried forward today!

(Next Week: 1890: The Florence City School System Established)

Billy Warren, City Historian

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