LIMESTONE COUNTY BICENTENNIAL PROJECTS RECEIVE LEGACY AWARD AND COMMENDATION AWARD
L-R – Rebekah Davis (Limestone County Archivist), Linda Nelson (Limestone County Historical Society), Collin Daly (Chairman, Limestone County Commission), Bill Graham (Grandson of the late Judge David Lee Rosenau, Jr., Joy Rosenau Graham (Daughter of the late Judge David Lee Rosenau, Jr.), Jimmy Woodroof, (retired Circuit Judge, Limestone County), Teresa Todd (President, Athens Limestone Tourism Association) and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Martin
This week, the Limestone County Courthouse Bell and Judge David Lee Rosenau, Jr. Memorial Project and the Limestone County Map and Mini-Documentaries Project each received a special plaque commemorating its outstanding contribution to Alabama’s recent bicentennial celebration. Between Mar. 3, 2017, and Dec. 14, 2019, every county, more than 200 local community committees, and dozens of organizations throughout the state participated in Alabama’s bicentennial commemoration. They undertook...
Collin Daly (Chairman, Limestone County Commission), Rebekah Davis (Limestone County Archivist), Michelle Williamson (Limestone County Community Relations Coordinator) and Bryant Hardaway (Limestone County Network Support Specialist)
... hundreds of projects and activities over the three-year celebration. From those, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission selected 21 projects to receive legacy awards and 41 to receive commendations. All made a significant and/or 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.”
The specially made bronze plaque that names the Limestone County Courthouse Bell and Judge David Lee Rosenau, Jr. Memorial Project as an Alabama Bicentennial Legacy Project will be displayed on the grounds of the Limestone County Courthouse at the memorial. This memorial was made possible by Martin & Cobey Construction, Kelly Howard, Limestone County Commission, Limestone County Historical Society, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association, Frederick and Julie Martin, The Family of Judge David Lee Rosenau, French Mill Store, Grayson Bailey Landscaping, Limestone County Bicentennial Committee and Limestone County Archives.
“The addition of this project to our courthouse lawn is something that we are extremely proud of,” said Limestone County Commission Chairman Collin Daly. “Preserving and sharing our history for our community has always been important to the Commission.”
“The memorial is a lasting tribute to what we hold dear, the longevity of justice in Limestone County,” said Jimmy Woodroof, retired Circuit Judge, Limestone County.
The specially made bronze plaque that names the Limestone County Map and Mini-Documentaries Project as an Alabama Bicentennial Commendation Project will be displayed at the Limestone County Archives. This project was created by a partnership between the Limestone County Archives Department, Community Relations Department and Information Technology Department.
“The creation of a history project by our employees that can be enjoyed by not only our community and visitors, but is being used as an educational tool for our students, is a valuable resource for our county,” said Limestone County Commission Chairman Collin Daly.
“We are excited that people are already using this interactive map and the connected videos to travel around the county, physically or virtually, and learn about the history-making people, places, and events that shaped our community,” said Limestone County Archivist Rebekah Davis. “This commendation is an honor, and we continue to grow this resource so that it can be of service for years to come.”
Among the award recipients were exhibitions, school projects and city murals. Many initiatives were locally focused, while others involved regional or even statewide interests. Many are especially notable for their long-term relevance and impact.
The awards also represented every region of the state and ranged from small towns to major metropolitan centers. Community partners included junior colleges, county commissions and historic sites.
For more information about the Alabama Bicentennial Legacy Awards and the bicentennial commemoration, visit www.ALABAMA200.org or call 334-242-4537.