Caroline Quattlebaum

Triumph over tragedy. Diversification and prosperity. Adapting to change and being better for it. These are all messages we have learned over the years from “The Lady in White” holding a boll weevil over her head to honor an insect, the only monument in the world dedicated to a pest.

Think about that. The WORLD!

The Boll Weevil Monument has been Enterprise’s claim to fame for 100 years now. A century. A monument that has stood proudly in the center of an historic downtown that sets this lovely city apart from any other place in the world.

Events leading up to the rededication of the monument have given those who are natives of Enterprise, military families and retirees associated with the area through Fort Rucker, those who moved in or visitors just passing through a chance to enjoy and reflect on all this historic moment means.

The men who were willing to take a chance on a new beginning for Enterprise including banker H.M. Sessions, County Agent John Pittman, farmer C.W. Baston and businessman Bon Fleming are who laid the foundation for this historic event. Dr. George Washington Carver, the man who did extensive research on the peanut and developed so very many new ways to use and market peanuts. Dr. Carver’s work would plant a seed of hope for those seeking to rise above a pesky pest that had destroyed the livelihoods of so many.

Yes, history is being made again with the celebration of 100 years. We hope you will relish the stories we have assembled in the commemorative magazine we are publishing, not just of the Boll Weevil Monument, but also of the history of Enterprise, the celebration of 100 years of City School and the Miss Enterprise pageant.

Come by our office on Glover Avenue or call (334) 393-2969 to reserve your copy.

Enjoy the celebration! It won’t happen again in any of our lifetimes!

Caroline Quattlebaum is co-publisher for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are her own and not the opinion of the paper. She can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at news@southeastsun.com.

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