Richard Henry Alphine
Richard Alphine was born a slave on the Alphine plantation in Mississippi in 1853. Richard was 12 years old at the end of the Civil War and often told stories about his memories of the war. In 1918, Richard moved to Florence for work and lived with the Web Staggs family on Sweetwater Avenue. Richard dug wells in East Florence for the rest of his life and was known in the community as "Uncle Mainline."
Ashley Pentecost, University of North Alabama
University of North Alabama archives
Alabama cultural resource survey
Late nineteenth century