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Albany bridge builder honored at museum

February 17, 2004

Albany -- A former slave, who became one of the South's most respected bridge builders, will be honored in an exhibit at an Albany museum.

 Horace King was born a slave in 1807. He would design and build over one hundred wooden bridges, including the first permanent bridge across the Flint River in Albany. In 1858, King built the Tift Bridge, that ran through the Bridge House, now being restored by Albany Tomorrow.

 King will be the subject of an exhibit at the Thronateeska Heritage Center, showing pictures of his famous bridges. Thronateeska Curator Christopher Pike said "The fact of his emancipation, buying his freedom by working hard and being diligent in what he was doing. And we hope it encourages others to follow his story. "

The authors of a biography about Horace King's life will be guest speakers Wednesday at Thronateeska's lunchtime chronicles, opening their exhibit.

 It opens to the public next week.

posted at 6:16 PM by jimw@walb.com