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Horace King

Horace King was born on September 8, 1807, in Chesterfield District, South Carolina. He was born a slave but overcame the odds and became the most respected bridge-builder in Alabama, Georgia, and northeastern Mississippi during the mid-nineteenth century. In 1830, he was purchased by John Godwin, a contractor in Cheraw, South Carolina. Two years later, Godwin moved to Girard (present-day Phenix City), Alabama, where he was hired by the town to construct the first bridge across the lower Chattahoochee River.

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