Tri-City Ledger -

By Kevin McKinley
Guest Writer 

Forgotten graves & ghostly whispers


September 27, 2018

Headstone of William Coombs, a heart broken stranger at Claiborne's cemetery.

As William B. Travis' body lay in the cold dirt of a Texas grave, the town of Claiborne, AL was reaching its zenith. The town was an epicenter of antebellum river culture in Alabama and was the symbol of a bygone era by the end of the Civil War. Yet Claiborne's legacy would continue in the form of another community by the name of Perdue Hill.

As Claiborne began to subside in prominence, some buildings were disassembled and moved to Perdue Hill (which is along Highway 84). The Masonic Lodge, which was constructed through a Masonic Lottery held in the county, was constructed at Claiborne aro...

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