"Jane, the book is outstanding and is a treasure to Leeds. You and Pat have provided us a gift of the ages. I have read it twice and given it as a gift already."
Superintendent of the Leeds City School system and a descendant of Hezekiah Moor, one of the founders of Leeds.
Leeds is the first history of Leeds, Alabama, to be published nationally. The book uses 200 photographs to tell the story of the people of Leeds and their many achievements that continue to make the city a pleasant place to live.
The story of Leeds begins around 1810 when European woodsmen travelled south from Tennessee to live along the Cahaba Trail with Cherokee Indians.
Early settlements consisted of European immigrants and Cherokees who remembered the American Revolution and fought in the War of 1812, which they believed was a second revolution.
Free African Americans arrived in the 1880s with the building of the railroads, bringing added ingenuity.
All founding groups were Americans who demonstrated their sense of community, value of education, and reverence for God. They began a Leeds heritage that includes three recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor as well as famous statesmen, scholars, athletes, entertainers and builders.
Leeds was published on October 1, 2012 ISBN-13: 978-0-7385-9125-4 ISBN-10: 0-7385-9125-4