Daniel Pratt’s birthday celebrated on Monday

Prattaugan Museum-Heritage Center - Photo by Marc Parker
Prattaugan Museum-Heritage Center - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – On Monday, July 20, at 10:00 AM, the public is invited to join Mayor Jim Byard Jr. and members of the Autauga County Heritage Association as they place a wreath on the grave of city founder, Daniel Pratt, to celebrate his 210th birthday.

Born in Temple, New Hampshire, on July 20, 1799, Pratt later relocated to Alabama and founded the city of Prattville in 1839. His cotton gin factory quickly became the largest producer of cotton gins in the world. Known as “Alabama’s First Industrialist,” Pratt is buried in his family cemetery, just off Gin Shop Hill overlooking his factory and village.

After the ceremony at the cemetery, the Heritage Association will host a “Founder’s Day Reception” at the Prattaugan Museum-Heritage Center, at 102 East Main Street, across from Prattville City Hall. Both events are free of charge.

“I encourage residents to join me at Mr. Pratt’s gravesite and the reception to celebrate his birth. It is fitting that we, as a community, gather to remember and honor our founder,” Mayor Byard emphasized.

Article by Melissa Parker

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