In 1867, Dale County– like many counties across Southern states– was still struggling to heal from the wounds of the Civil War. Its social and economic structure upended, the county was in the midst of total transformation. History calls it Reconstruction, but for the hundreds of formerly enslaved men, women and children, this was so much more. It was affirmation of an existence that had been denied by law and by custom for more than 200 years.
According to this newspaper article, Dale County’s slave population in 1865 was about 1,860. I strongly believe that my forbears, Seaborn and Hannah Tindall, were among this number. This same article points out that by Aug. 10, 1867, 362 black residents of Dale County had registered to vote. My great-great-grandfather, Seaborn Tindall, is among that number. Click the link below to see a copy of the list of registered voters: