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Huntsville Independent (AL)
Huntsville Independent (AL)
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Description: Gone But Not Forgotten - Thos. H. Watterson

Date: February 25 1886

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Madison County, AL Library

Page/Column: Page 4, Column 4

Gone but Not Forgotten
[From the Nashville Union.]
Thos. H. Watterson, formerly of Giles county, but now acting as emigration agent for an Arkansas syndicate, arrived in this city yesterday with a coach full of negroes, numbering about fifty, most of whom came from Giles county, and are en route to Arkansas. The majority of them are for the celebrated Zeb. Ward, who manages a small farm embracing several counties, and who is engaged in farming on a large scale. What system of enticement Watterson uses he did not state, but claims to have carried over 400 negroes from Giles county since the 29th of December, all of whom were made to increase the population of Arkansas. Speaking of his wholesale emigration a recent issue of the Pulaski Citizen says:
“Colored exodusters from Giles have been able this winter to pay about $30,000 for transportation westward. Some of the more fortunate among them may be able to save enough in a couple of years to pay their way back.”

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