Hopewell African Methodist Episcopal Church
African American History; St. Florian, AL; Lauderdale County, AL
The Hopewell Church near St. Florian was the site of tragedy when, in 1865, the grandfather of WC Handy, Christopher Brewer, was shot and left for dead by Elias Thrasher, "Mountain" Tom Clark, and their gang. They also tortured and killed Brewer's former master John Wilson when he refused to reveal the location of his hidden money.
Ashley Pentecost, University of North Alabama
Lee Freeman, "African-American Heritage of Lauderdale County. University of North Alabama archives.
Alabama Cultural Resource Survey
c. Mid Nineteenth Century