Gadsden County became Florida's fifth county in 1823, two years after the territory was formally acquired from Spain. Named for James Gadsden, the aide-de-camp to Andrew Jackson, Gadsden County has attracted people for centuries.
From prehistoric Indian settlements and Spanish explorers to land acquisitions of the Forbes Purchase, the county has long been a magnet. Its mystique includes the "Coca-Cola Legend," shade tobacco and ties to two popular books about the South: Gone with the Wind and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Highlights of Gadsden County include:
• Images of notable schools and churches of Gadsden County throughout time.
• Gadsden County’s notable African American leaders who contributed greatly to the progression, education and culture of the region.
• Historic images that demonstrate the connection between Gadsden County’s tobacco industry and transportation.
• The unique relationship between Gadsden County and Coca-Cola.
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