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Carl Swanigan (d. 2006)

The transcription is very short. An audiocassette is not a part of the collection. A note on the transcript notes that Tape 1 was defective. In the brief transcript, Swanigan talks about his family history beginning with his grandfather, who was known as Parson George Ricks, a slave brought to Tuscumbia, Alabama, in 1850 at the age of 13. Parson Ricks was introduced to the Christian Church by his owner’s wife and was baptized by Preston Taylor. Mr. Swanigan’s grandfather could read and write and after the Civil War started a church in Alabama. He was the first African American to own property in Alabama. The church built by Parson Ricks is called “Christian Home” and is listed as a state historic site, as is the nearby family cemetery.

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