FLORENCE – The Pope’s Tavern Speaker Series will feature presentations about Florence’s early history from settlement through the Civil War. There are ten presentations in the first series, spanning December - June 2020.
Florence historian, Lee Freeman, will give his presentation, A House Divided: The Civil War Comes to Lauderdale County on December 19 at 6pm.
Freeman’s talk will explore Lauderdale County’s position leading up to the Civil War. While delegates from Lauderdale County to Alabama’s secession convention voted against immediate secession from the nation, their reasons reveal a measured, pragmatic approach. The presentation will touch on the 1860 presidential election in Florence-Lauderdale itself, as well as how various people and groups of people responded to the war and Alabama’s secession: local Unionists; local freedmen and slaves; pro-Confederates; and the people who opted not to choose sides.
This event is the second in the series taking place at Pope’s Tavern located at 203 Hermitage Drive in Florence.
The series is sponsored by Florence Arts and Museums and is free to attend. Call 256-760-6439 for more information.