legacy project award

Pictured with Elba’s Alabama Bicentennial Legacy Project bronze plaque at the Evergreen Cemetery Summer House are Nell Gilmer and Sandy Bynum.

The Elba Chamber of Commerce’s Alabama Bicentennial Commission, received a special plaque commemorating its outstanding contribution to Alabama’s recent bicentennial celebration.  More than 200 local community committees and dozens of organizations throughout the state participated in Alabama’s bicentennial commemoration.  From those, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission selected 21 projects to receive legacy awards.  All selected made a significant and lasting contribution to the state’s commemoration.  “Alabama people, communities and organizations showed their creativity and resourcefulness throughout the commemoration, but nowhere more than in the programs and projects they brought to life,” notes Alabama Bicentennial Commission executive director Jay Lamar.  “They helped ensure the bicentennial engaged all ages and interests.  The bronze plaques are permanent testimonies to their contributions.” A program was held Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Evergreen Cemetery Summer House to present the plaque to the city.  Elba’s Mayor, Mickey Murdock, gave the invocation; a welcome was given by Sandy Bynum, Director, Elba Chamber of Commerce, and co-chairperson of Elba’s AL200 Bicentennial Committee;  Jacque Hawkins, Vice Regent of John Coffee Daughters of the American Revolution spoke on the mission of the DAR to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism; Nell Gilmer, Regent of John Coffee DAR Chapter and Chairman of Elba’s AL200 Bicentennial Committee, gave a history of the 103 year old summer house; and the marker was unveiled by Patti Culver, Beverly McCall and Peggy Stroud members of the Evergreen Cemetery Board of Directors. 

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