100 years in the making . . . Seminole County’s Centennial Year arrives

On January 1, 2020, Seminole County entered its 100th year. One hundred years in the making, a grand celebration is being developed and the Donalsonville News plans to acknowledge this county’s centennial, beginning this week, for 52 consecutive weeks, with the publication of feature articles, reflections from the past and, publishing in October, a historical photograph Centennial commemorative magazine. To kick off the centennial celebration this week, long time editor Bo McLeod’s Out on a Limb column returns, and selections of his prize journalistic gems will be featured weekly throughout the year.
Dreams of forming Seminole County began long before 1920. Some of the men who fought valiantly for years for the formation of the new county included Clark Mosely, T. J. Shingler, Ed Spooner, J. E. Johnson, Charlie Reynolds, L. R. Robinson, A. R. Benton, Otho Benton, Dr. M.M. Minter, Dr. Thomas Chason, J. L. Dickenson, W.H. VanLandingham, P. S. Cummings,
A.A. Subers and others. These men traveled multiple times to the state Capital to lobby for the county’s creation only to be refused and disappointed. However, their tireless and dedicated efforts paid off on July 8, 1920, when the Georgia General Assembly proposed a Constitutional Amendment to create Seminole County. In that year’s General Election, Georgia voters ratified the proposed Amendment and on November 2, 1920, Georgia’s 156th county was born. State legislator Pat Griffin of Bainbridge cast the vote breaking the tie and making possible the creation of the new county.
The efforts of Seminole County’s founding fathers and the one hundred years of history compiled since their initial efforts deserves a grand celebration – one that can only happen once every one hundred years. Planning continues for the 2020 Seminole County Centennial celebration. Details of the main events and activities to be scheduled during October and throughout the 2020 year are still in the planning phases.
Ideas currently being discussed include a potential gala costume ball event, community hymn sing, progressive dinners, indoor and outdoor entertainment, recipe contests, food and history publications, an agricultural exposition, history walks, school activities, a centennial Harvest Festival and more.
What would you like to see and do to commemorate the momentous event? Monthly planning meetings are being held at the Donalsonville-Seminole County Chamber of Commerce to brainstorm ideas and plan activities. Any person in the community wishing to be a part in the planning is welcome and encouraged to attend.
For questions, additional information, or to volunteer to help plan the celebration contact the Donalsonville News at 229-524-2343 or the Chamber of Commerce at 229-524-2588.

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