Tri-City Ledger -

By Kevin McKinley
Guest Writer 

R.W. Brooks describes indian pond


April 18, 2019

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RW Brooks was a beloved local minister, Justice of the Peace and writer of local history. He went on to found Brooks Chapel in Atmore which became Brooks Memorial Baptist Church.

R.W. Brooks was one of the most prolific writers of local history. He was also a primary source of local history in that his writings reflect his personal observations from an earlier age. One can therefore cite with certainty his newspapers writings as to historical accuracy since he lived much of the history he reported.

In October 10, 1929's edition of The Atmore Advance Brooks gives a curious account of ancient times in the Canoe and Atmore area of the 1870s.

Brooks noted that he was 17 years old when he came to the area. He writes, "It is known to very few of the present generation,...

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