Horace King a slave of John Godwin was construction foreman for the First Dillingham Street Bridge in 1832, when he and Godwin introduced the "town lattice" bridge design into the Chattahoochee Valley. King built most of the early wooden bridges spanning the river, including those at West Point, Eufaula and Fort Gaines-Franklin. After Godwin's death in 1859, he raised a monument inscribed: "In lasting remembrance of the love and gratitude felt for his lost friend and former master."
Born September 8, 1807 near Cheraw, South Carolina of African and American Indian ancestry.
Slave of John Godwin, bridgebuilder.
Supervised first Dillingham Street Bridge, 1832-1833.
Freed By Act of Alabama Legislature, 1846.
Member Alabama House of Representatives, 1869-1872
Successful contractor-builder in Chattahoochee valley.
Died in LaGrange, Georgia, May 27, 1887.