Tallapoosa County, Alabama Genealogy Trails

TOWN OF BENSON

  

Benson, Tallapoosa County, Alabama was named after a former slave John Jackson Benson, and his family. Benson was entirely an African American community, it had a post office, saw mill, turpentine still, a large and complete cotton ginning system, a cotton oil and fertilizer mill, a number of well kept houses, a branch of the main school and a mission church - All under the control of African Americans.

 The town of Benson was bought by Alabama Power Company,  Benson and Susanna were bought to be flooded out. These two communities along with several houses and churches, were razed, and the company relocated 12 cemeteries containing 923 graves.

Written by; April Wood James, Jan 2015

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