Enterprise celebrating their Boll Weevil history


ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — The City of Progress Enterprise celebrated the 100th Centennial of their Boll Weevil Monument Wednesday.

The monument was erected after farmers overcame the Boll Weevil problem with the help of Dr. George Washington Carver, who suggested planting peanuts to avoid the Boll Weevil devastation on the cotton crops.

“The citizens did not want to lose the momentum and the message,” Enterprise Tourism Director Tammy Doerer said. “They wanted to erect a monument to remind everybody that by seeking advice and accepting change that you can triumph over adversity.”

As a part of the celebration, the city had many activities and events downtown.

Activities included guided historical walking tours and author book signings at the library.

The elementary school had a live museum showing at events on Main, followed by a program that started at 4 p.m..

“The main program will be this afternoon downtown in the center-right in front of the Boll Weevil where we will have a program,” Enterprise Mayor Bill Cooper said.

A day of celebration that many of the locals came out and enjoyed and are proud of their city’s history.

“We just wanted to take a few minutes from our guest downtown to come in and check out the live museum with the school kids,” Enterprise local Chad Wester said. “That is a great idea I just absolutely really enjoyed watching the kids. I’m a history buff so, it makes for a perfect day for me.”

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