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[AL] Colony ~ A Brief History

COLONY – It is believed that Colony, Alabama was originally settled after the Civil War during Reconstruction and following the emancipation, or freedom of slaves. The people that came to live in the area now known as Colony had probably been freed slaves from the old settlement of Baltimore, AL. It is Cullman County’s only African American community and in its early days, it was considered a safe haven for African Americans in the Deep South.

Major Reid, a former slave, was one of the first people to settle in Colony. He received his land as compensation for unknown services. His brother, Enoch Montgomery, also a former slave, received his land by filing a claim in Huntsville, AL.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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