Lindsey, Solomon

Solomon was born on September 1, 1878 in Canton. He received vocational training at Tuskegee, Alabama, and Piney Woods Country Life School. Solomon eventually became the owner of a 700-acre farm. Sixteen families- comprised of 120 men, women, and children- lived on his farm.

In 1924, Solomon founded the Madison County Training School and served as superintendent. His efforts also made possible the operation of the G.I. school for men in Canton, also known as the Commercial College. With the assistance of Reverend C.H. Prophet, Solomon organized the C.H.B.A. in Canton, an association offering insurance for sickness and burial expenses. In addition, he owned and operated a funeral home.

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