Prattville – Prattville Mayor Jim Byard Jr., representatives of the Autauga County Heritage Association, several interested citizens, and a Daniel Pratt descendant gathered at the Pratt Cemetery this morning at 10:00 AM for a wreath-laying ceremony. The event was held to mark the 210th birthday of the city’s founder.
“Daniel Pratt was the first mayor of Prattville,” Byard said. “But back then they were called Intendants instead of mayors.” He continued, “You know I always thought it would be interesting if Daniel Pratt could give me a tour of the city back in the 1800s and I could show him around Prattville in the present day. I could show him all that we have accomplished since he founded the city.”
Byard has been involved in the wreath-laying ritual for the past ten years. “So, I missed the first 200,” he quipped.
Lera Hill, President of the Autauga County Heritage Association and Pratt’s great great great granddaughter, Dora Kleinschmidt, joined Byard at placing the flowers at the gravesite.
A reception at the Prattaugan Museum-Heritage Center followed the ceremony at the cemetery. Hill, who has been the president of the Association for two years, commented on their mission. “We’re all about preserving history and to prevent things from happening like when Daniel Pratt’s home was torn down,” she stated. “That happened before anyone was serious about preserving history. It is all about preservation now.”
Article by Melissa Parker
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