December 11, 1969 • 50th Anniversary Rededication an Elaborate Affair

The 50th Anniversary Rededication was an elaborate affair, including a barbeque and a parade, attended by 8,000 to 10,000. Platform speakers included R. O. Fleming Jr., son of R. O. (Bon) Fleming, Mayor M. N. (Jug) Brown, and Moultrie Sessions, grandson of H. M. Sessions. Politicians in attendance included Jim Folsom and George Andrews. Boll Weevil Queen Jill Jordan led the parade. In preparation for its 50th anniversary celebration, the monument was painted an antique bronze color. Also, a fountain, lighted at night, was added. Prior to its repainting, the monument was a silver color. (The Enterprise Ledger, December 16, 1969)