Samuel Alfred Beadle

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Samuel Alfred Beadle (August 17, 1857 – 1932) was an African-American poet and attorney, who was born the son of a slave in Atlanta, Georgia, and died in Chicago, Illinois.[1] He published three books of poetry and stories.

After the Civil War, Beadle moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where he studied and practiced law, at one time in partnership with Perry Howard.[2][3] He married Aurelia Thomas and their son Richard Henry Beadle (1884–1971) became a prominent photographer in Jackson.[1]


  • Sketches from Life in Dixie (Chicago: Scroll Publishing and Literary Syndicate, 1899)
  • Lyrics of "The Underworld" (Jackson, Mississippi: W.A. Scott, 1912)
  • Adam Shuffler (Jackson, Mississippi: Harmon Publishing Co., 1901)


  • Randy Patterson, Samuel Alfred Beadle: Black Mississippi Poet of the Early Twentieth Century, POMPA (Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association), 131-136 (1992)


  1. ^ a b "Henry Beadle Photography Collection on Exhibit at Jackson State University", Black Art in America, January 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "Samuel Alfred Beadle", All Poetry.
  3. ^ "Beadle, Samuel Alfred", Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967, University Press of Mississippi, p. 25.