By Carol Springer Old Choctaw County Chapter, NSDAR
The Old Choctaw County Chapter, National Society Daughter of the American Revolution, placed and dedicated a historical marker to commemorate the location of Greensboro on May 12.
Choctaw County was formed in 1834 with Greensboro named as the first county seat. In 1872 Choctaw was divided into two counties leaving Greensboro in the new county of Sumner. The county seat of the new Sumner County was located in the center of the county at Walthall. Sumner was renamed Webster County in 1874.
Chapter Regent Sheila Fondren, welcomed more than 70 guests to the ceremony at the beautiful new chapel at Greensboro Cemetery. Decked in Revolutionary War dress uniforms, Sons of the American Revolution Lynn Herron and John Taylor presented the colors. They were accompanied on the bagpipe by Forrest Clark in traditional Scottish Highlander attire.
Both national and state officers of the Daughters of the American Revolution were present to lend their support, including National Vice President General Polly Hunter Grimes and Mississippi State Regent Janet Looney Whittington.
Old Choctaw County Chapter’s own Elizabeth Cummings presented a wonderful history of the town of Greensboro, detailing the town’s rugged and vibrant past. The factual element of the history of Greensboro was taken from “The John F. Johnson Journal 1838-1902,” great-grandfather of Cummings.
On behalf of Old Choctaw County Chapter, NSDAR, Fondren and Mary Lynn Hardy, chaplain, dedicated the marker in grateful recognition of the significance of Greensboro, with the hope that it will help to keep alive an appreciation of our heritage.
The ceremony ended with “Amazing Graze” from Clark’s bagpipe.