Monthly Archives: May 2013

A family spat among the Baptists

Alabama’s oldest Baptist congregation will be 205 years old this year. Or not, depending on whom you ask.  Elder John Nicholson led the first worship on October 2, 1808 at the home of James Deaton in Killingsworth Cove (now part of Huntsville.) And for 170 of those 202 years the congregants who’ve adhered to the […]

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It’s my skin! It’s my skin, Mr. Rickey!

In the summer of 1945, one white executive quietly, secretly, plotted an assault on baseball’s systematic practice of racial discrimination. This executive had a conscience. He knew that it was wrong to bar a man from organized baseball simply because of his race or color. He was courageous. He wasn’t afraid to buck the establishment. […]

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He is still laughing over that checkers game

Fort Payne [AL] Journal May 28, 1941 Mr. Driskill’s ancestors on his father’s side were three Irishmen who settled in Maryland. His mother’s ancestors were English. Charles Driskill was born March 15, 1866, a mile from Portersville, in Big Valley, on the George Place. His Grandfather, who came from Winchester, TN, settled there in 1830. […]

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Book Review: ‘The Cranberry Wilderness Story’

Luther D. Baker’s recently published “The Cranberry Wilderness Story” (Little Beechy Creations; Canvas, WV; 368 pages) accomplishes two things. First, it introduces the impressive timber industry documentary photography of John Finley Taylor (1887-1976). Second, the book places Taylor’s body of work in a broader historical context — that of how the parcel of land we know today as the Cranberry Wilderness has been shaped over the millennia, first by God and then by man.

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