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Phillip Tutor: Walling off Anniston from disease

Before the novel coronavirus became a global pandemic, and before the worldwide outbreaks of Spanish flu, Asian flu, Hong Kong flu, H1N1, SARS and MERS, there was yellow fever. And, have mercy, does Anniston have a story to tell about it.


Gov. Joseph Johnston

It revolves around two men, Alabama Gov. Joseph F. Johnston, a former Confederate captain who carried four battlefield wounds and studied law in Jacksonville, and Anniston Mayor F.M. Hight, as well as business rivalries and profit competitions among the state’s burgeoning New South cities. 


A clipping from The Hot Blast concerning yellow fever in the late 1890s. 

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