Historic Plantations of Alabama's Black Belt

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Once the center of agricultural prosperity in Alabama, the rich soil of the Black Belt still features beautiful homes that stand as a testimony to the region's proud heritage. Join author Jennifer Hale as she explores the history of seventeen of the finest plantation homes in Alabama's Black Belt. This book chronicles the original owners and slaves of the homes, and traces their descendants who continued to call these plantations home throughout the past two centuries. Discover why the families of an Indian chief and a chief justice feuded for over a century about the land on which Belvoir stands. Follow Gaineswood's progress as it grew from a humble log cabin into an opulent mansion. Learn how the original builder and subsequent owners of the Kirkwood Mansion are linked together by a legacy of exceptional and dedicated reservation. Historic Plantations of Alabama's Black Belt recounts the elegant past and hopeful future of a well-loved region of the South.
ISBN: 9781596296695
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Alabama
Series: Landmarks
Images: 75
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Jennifer Hale is an anchor, reporter, and freelance writer, currently employed by WVTM NBC 13 in Birmingham, AL as a weekend anchor and night side reporter. In the past, she has published multiple articles for Country Roads magazine in Baton Rouge, LA. Her columns focused primarily on travel and history. She has also written multiple news stories, including “The Economic Struggle of Alabama's Black Belt,” and pieces on other plantation sites. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she earned her MS in broadcast journalism. She is affiliated with many institutions in the Black Belt region, including the Black Belt Historical Society and the Rural Heritage Center, as well as the Journalism departments of Samford University, the University of Alabama, Northwestern University, and Louisiana State University.
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