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Alabama Bronze Map

A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History

 

image from Bronze Map: 'Black Belt Plantations'

 

29. Black Belt Plantations
South Alabama Black Belt

 

Alabama's Black Belt region was named for its dark, fertile soil, well adapted to growing cotton. Before the Civil War, large cotton plantations, supported by slave labor, provided some planters with great wealth, allowing them to build lavish homes, some in the Greek Revival style.