Confederate History & Heritage Month: The Lewis Llewellyn Cato House, 823 West Barbour Street, Eufaula, Alabama






Like all good clubs, the Eufaula Regency needed a meeting place, and they found it at 823 West Barbour Street, at the home of Lewis Llewellyn Cato, one of the many prominent Eufaula lawyer-slavemasters.









From the National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form, prepared in December of 1970:



"The Cato Home was the setting for some of the most influential secessionist meetings held in Alabama during the late 1850's. It was the scene of a great celebration when Alabama seceded from the Union.
Lewis Llewellyn Cato, an attorney at law and solicitor in chancery, was known as "the great secessionist." A friend of Yancey's, he was a member of the Eufaula Regency. Lewy Dorman in his "Party Politics in Alabama from 1850 through 1860" states, "The most advanced step looking toward secession came from the fire-eaters of Southeast Alabama under the leadership of the Eufaula Regency. It was composed of a strong Southern rights group, principally lawyers from Eufaula." He continues, "They were the most consistent secessionists in the State.""




Front view of the Cato House. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Rear view of Cato House. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress)




Not surprisingly, we find that the home was built on the backs of African slaves. 










Restoring the honor!





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