A former slave, Ruben Patterson was taken to war by Colonel Josiah Patterson as part of the fifth Alabama Calvary. After the war Ruben owned a shoe shine stand and was known to the community as "Uncle" Reuben. He and his wife are buried In the Florence Cemetery and his tombstone has Confederate regalia.
Ashley Pentecost, University of North Alabama
University of North Alabama archives
Alabama cultural resource survey
Mid-late nineteenth century