Presentation of the History of Monroe, Then and Now, to be featured Sunday

The rich history of Monroe in another Then and Now series will be featured by historian Steve Brown at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2019 in the Fellowship Hall at the First Baptist Church. This one will feature The Fifth District Agricultural & Mechanical School at Walker Park, which opened in 1908.

Monroe A&M, Ellen Briscoe collection-038

“The story of this school is a fascinating one. Locally and colloquially it has been known as Monroe A&M although that name was never official. Many Walton natives claim relatives who attended the A&M school,” Brown said. “The administrators, teachers, coaches, and students associated with A&M claim among their ranks people of renowned. Some of the accomplishments of the school’s academic departments can be found nowhere else. The athletic teams were perennially among the best in the state of Georgia and beyond, producing nationally recognized athletes and coaches.”

A&M Football Team, Ca. 1930

On Sunday, Brown will present the fascinating story of the A&M school. Also in the program will be the story of the life of Good Hope’s Poppy Lady, Moina Michael, “and maybe another item or two,” Brown said. The programs usually last about 1 hour and are free to the public.

Moina FDC0016

The Monroe First Baptist Church is located at 202 McDaniel Street in Monroe.

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