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Library to host Antebellum Alabama speaker

Taverns, riverboat tragedies, plantation life and the hazards of stagecoach travel – these are just a few of the topics historian Jim Phillips will bring to life in a Nov. 5 lecture at Russellville Public Library.

“A lot of people like Alabama history, and there’s a lot of antebellum structures downtown,” library director Ashley Cummins said, explaining how they chose this particular talk.

Phillips reached out to the library at a time when, Cummins said, they were seeking opportunities to expand their programs for adults. The lecture seemed like a great fit.

“It’s something we’ve never done before,” Cummins said.

The one-hour Antebellum Alabama Presentation will also touch on topics like lost treasures of the state, haunted Alabama plantations and early road structures. Phillips brings with him antebellum artifacts, and he will also stay after the talk to offer free appraisal of old coins and paper money or bottles.

Cummins encouraged everyone to come out and enjoy the lecture Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy as they listen.