Ladies of the community gather for a quilting party in long ago Shelby. The house in the background of this photo is the Shelby Iron Company Superintendent's house. It was constructed by slave labor in 1854. Unfortunately, the house burned in the early 1990's.
Though the slavery period at Shelby is not a proud part our history, it is, nonetheless, an important aspect of that history.
The iron company owned no slaves. However, the company did obtain their service from plantation owners in Alabama and surrounding states. At the height of Civil War production, hundreds of slaves worked at Shelby Iron.
Following the war, a large number of the now former slaves and their families chose to remain at Shelby Iron Works, as newly freedmen. Decendents of those families today still call Shelby, Alabama home and are active members and directors of the Historic Shelby Association.