The Historical Society of Walton County is presenting a a Photographic Presentation of Poppies: Women, War, Peace at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, in the Fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Monroe. The presentation by Dr. Lee Karen Stow was inspired by Ms. Monia Belle Michael of Good Hope and Madame Anna E. Guerin of France who immortalized the Poppy as a symbol of remembrance of war veterans.
Born in Good Hope, Ga., on Aug. 15, 1869, Michael later became known worldwide for using the poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in World War I. Many biographies have been written on Michael, such this one on findagrave.com. She is buried in the Rest Haven Cemetery in Monroe. Stow has reportedly interviewed women from over 80 countries for this six-year project.