Honoring Marianna’s history

A new monument honoring William Hines Furbush was dedicated in Marianna’s Historic Downtown Court Square during this year’s Autumn on the Square, which was held Saturday. The bronze bust, located on the south end of the Square facing Main Street, was unveiled during the annual festival. Furbush was an African-American State Representative who advocated and was successful in passing legislation to create Lee County and served as the county’s first sheriff. Lee County native and former U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater spoke at the dedication ceremony. A special emphasis was placed on Marianna's 151st birthday during AOTS. A special skit titled "How Marianna Got its Name" by Suzy Keasler, not pictured, was performed to teach those in attendance about the city. The skit was performed by Marianna residents Lori Andrews, left, as Mary Ann Harland, Dodd Daggett, center, as Rev. Matt Cox, and Wade Pipkin as Harvey Harland. More photos from the festival can be found inside today’s Courier-Index.

A new monument honoring William Hines Furbush was dedicated in Marianna’s Historic Downtown Court Square during this year’s Autumn on the Square, which was held Saturday. The bronze bust, located on the south end of the Square facing Main Street, was unveiled during the annual festival. Furbush was an African-American State Representative who advocated and was successful in passing legislation to create Lee County and served as the county’s first sheriff. Lee County native and former U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater spoke at the dedication ceremony. A special emphasis was placed on Marianna's 151st birthday during AOTS. A special skit titled "How Marianna Got its Name" by Suzy Keasler, not pictured, was performed to teach those in attendance about the city. The skit was performed by Marianna residents Lori Andrews, left, as Mary Ann Harland, Dodd Daggett, center, as Rev. Matt Cox, and Wade Pipkin as Harvey Harland. More photos from the festival can be found inside today’s Courier-Index.

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