(Alabama) Horace King Memorial Bridge

Horace King Memorial Bridge

Horace King Memorial Bridge and Garden is in located Valley, Alabama.⁣

Horace King was born into slavery in Cheraw, South Carolina in 1807. In 1824 Horace King assisted with the construction of Pee Dee River Bridge. Horace King’s enslaver, Edward King died in 1830. John Godwin who also worked on the construction of Pee Dee River Bridge purchased Horace King, his mother and siblings soon after. ⁣

John Godwin was contracted to construct a 560 foot bridge across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus Georgia to Girard Alabama. King assisted Godwin with the project. After the bridge was completed, Godwin continued to utilize King’s skill set and together the two constructed 40 cotton warehouses; courthouses and bridges in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. ⁣


Horace King married Frances L. Thomas (a free woman of color) in 1839. The Alabama State Legislature freed Horace King in 1842. The couple’s first son, Washington W. King was born in 1843. ⁣

Watson Mill Bridge located in Madison County Georgia. A vehicular bridge constructed in 1885. Designed and built by Horace King’s eldest son, Washington W. King. [photo source: Library of Congress Historic American Engineering Record. Photographer Jett Lowe]⁣
Watson Mill Bridge located in Madison County Georgia. A vehicular bridge constructed in 1885. Designed and built by Horace King’s eldest son, Washington W. King. [photo source: Library of Congress Historic American Engineering Record. Photographer Jett Lowe]⁣


Horace King died May 28, 1885. King’s children Washington, Marshall, John, Annie and George continued to build bridges and other structures in LaGrange, Atlanta, and east Alabama – the King Brothers Bridge Company. ⁣

Horace King was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Engineers Hall of Fame at the University of Alabama. ⁣


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