Unveiling history


TENSAW, Alabama -- Local, county and state officials were on hand Wednesday, May 24 for a dedication ceremony for the unveiling of the Tensaw historic markers at Holley Creek Landing, near the site of Mims Ferry in Tensaw.

Claudia Slaughter Campbell, chairman of the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission’s Historic Marker Committee and regent with the Fort Mims Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, served as MC of the event, which included the unveiling of the Mims Ferry and Holley Creek/Montgomery Hill Landing historic marker, along with three others, Tensaw/The Black Crossing; Old Federal Road/Early History of Tensaw; and Boatyard Landing and Aaron Burr Spring/Peirce’s School and Mill.

The markers are part of the state of Alabama’s more than two-year-long celebration which kicked off May 5 in Mobile and culminates in the state’s bicentennial, which is Dec. 14, 2019.

On hand for the unveiling were Baldwin County Commission Chairman Chris Elliott and the Commission’s North Baldwin representative Frank Burt; along with BCHDC President Bob Glennon and Board member Creighton C. “Peco” Forsman, who assisted with the research, proofing and editing of the markers.

The new historic markers, which were made by Corey Swindle of the Fairhope Foundry, bring the number in Baldwin County to 59, Glennon said, and the Commission expects to bring that number up to more than 100 by the time of the state’s bicentennial.

Guest speaker was archaeologist Dr. Gregory Waselkov with the University of South Alabama, author of “A Conquering Spirit” which tells the story of the Massacre at Fort Mims in August of 1813.

Additional speakers included Nancy Folk, ASDAR State Regent; Patricia McCullers with the Daughters of 1812; and Bobby Joe Seales, ambassador with the Alabama Bicentennial Committee. Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, along with refreshments and hospitality, was provided by members of the Fort Mims DAR.