FLORENCE-LAUDERDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY will host Prelude to Freedom: Dred Scott in Florence, ca. 1822-ca. 1830 on Sunday, March 10 at 2pm. FLPL Local Historian Lee Freeman will discuss Dred Scott’s roughly eight years in Florence. He will examine what we know and what we can surmise about his stay in Florence from actual records. Lee will talk about what we know about Capt. Peter Blow and his family, tracking them from Southampton Co., VA to Madison Co, AL to Florence, AL to St. Louis, MO. He will also briefly examine how Florentines have remembered Dred Scott from the late 1800s through 2018 For example, consider Judge Wood’s 1876 speech, the historical marker on Pine St., and Dred’s plaque on the Walk of Honor). Lee will also examine how the Dred Scott decision impacted Florence-Lauderdale on the eve of the Civil War. This event is co-sponsored by Project Say Something. For more information, call 256-764-6564, ext. 130.


THE SHOALS ELKS LODGE 2860 will host its annual Fun Day in the Park on Saturday, March 9 from 9am-2pm at the Main Pavilion at Spring Park in Tuscumbia. This is for Shoals youth ages 4 - 13.

Registration is from 9-10:30am. Free T-shirts and armbands for the rides are available while supply lasts. There will be games, face painting, karaoke, and lunch provided. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, call 256-810-2895.