Cabins prove slaves were Alabama’s early iron workers

7/11/2007 • Antebellum Period, Black History, Black History Month, News, Slavery

In the South, slavery has been most closely associated with antebellum plantation life. But here, on a hillside just a stone’s throw from the massive blast furnaces of the Tannehill Ironworks, the remains of a cluster of simple cabins attest that slaves were also pressed into service in the South’s first industrial labor force.