John H. Rapier
John H. Rapier was a freed African-American in Florence, Alabama. Born as a slave in 1808, Rapier was emancipated in 1829 by the last will and testament of Richard Rapier. Upon receiving his freedom, John became a barber and earned an income of about $1000 per year. Rapier became influential in the community and upon his death in 1869, was considered a wealthy man. Rapier's son, John Thomas Rapier, became a US senator from the state of Alabama during the Reconstruction.
Ashley Pentecost, University of North Alabama
University of North Alabama archives
Alabama cultural resource survey