Armstrong Purdee

Armstrong Purdee: Battle of Marianna Eye-Witness

Armstrong Purdee was born into slavery on the Wardell Plantation in Jackson County, FL, March 16, 1856.  His account of the Battle of Marianna was published in The Kalendar, the monthly publication of the Men's Club, St. Luke Episcopal Church, Marianna, FL, Vol. 1 No. 3, June 1, 1931. After slavery, Purdee, a protege of Florida State Senator William H. Milton, became the first African American lawyer in Jackson County, a successful business, and an influential community leader. From the 1890s until the mid-1920s, Purdee published the West Florida Bugle,  a Black newspaper.


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