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African-American Culture & Heritage

6/2/2007
The "Wawmanona" in Florence, AL pre-dates Columbus

Florence, AL, Indian Mound

Pre-Dates Columbus

Photo of stairway up the Indian Mound goes here.

The “Wawmanona,” a Florence, AL, Indian Mound is a native American treasure. Located near the Tennessee River’s banks, the site pre-dates Columbus’ visit to America by more than 1,000 years. This is considered the largest domiciliary mount in the Tennessee Valley Region.

It’s huge. The rectangular, flat-topped mound measures 42 feet high and is 310-by-230 feet in dimension. The summit measures 145 feet by 94 feet.

What was the mysterious mound’s purpose? Scholars believe it was a gathering place for native American ceremonies and tribal exercises.

Visitors should head for the small educational museum, located at the base of the mound. It explains the history and houses many artifacts including an impressive collection of arrowheads.

The mound is located on South Court Street in Florence. Admission is $2 for adults, $.50 for children. The mound is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact 256-760-6427.


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