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Old Cahawba’s African American Community after Emancipation

March 1, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

After the Civil War, African Americans reshaped Old Cahawba. Emancipation made it legal to learn to read and write, and to worship as they chose. They bought the town’s church buildings abandoned by whites. They converted the former Methodist church to AME and used it as a school room during the week until they could build their own one room school house. They turned the old Dallas County courthouse into a meeting place for political rallies.

This wagon tour will trace the exciting times of Reconstruction and explore how the once enslaved residents of Old Cahaba and surrounding plantations breathed new life into the post civil war town making it a place to pursue the dreams and exercise the rights they had been denied under slavery.

The fee for this event is $10 for adults and $8 for children (under 18).



March 1, 2014
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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AL United States + Google Map
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