A former bridge builder known for creating 500-foot self-supporting covered wooden bridges and constructing the winding staircase inside Alabama's state capitol building was honored this week.
These three flights of stairs were just one of the historical steps taken by Horance King, a self-taught engineer and former slave who lived in the 1800s.
118 years later, a portrait was unveiled in Montgomery, Alabama. It reveals the face behind this prominent historical figure who helped associate international inventions with Alabama.
After building 25 bridges throughout the state and one that linked Alabama and Georgia, he's earned the title of "Master Covered Bridge Builder."
King's great great grandson, David King, took part in the honors program as part of Alabama's historical society's black history month program.
During King's time, education for African Americans throughout the country was not available in engineering, only in the fields of ministry, teaching and medicine.
The civil engineer is also known for building Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa.
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Source: www.igc.org contributed to this report.
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