This year's Selma Pilgrimage guests are invited to Antiquing with Elodie,
a luncheon in an historic home on Dallas Avenue.The lunches on March 15 and 16
will include a menu of chicken salad, turkey/ham sandwich or grilled chicken salad.
Elodie (whose fine memorial is in Old Live Oak Cemetery) was President Abraham Lincoln's
sister-in-law. Born in Kentucky in 1840, Elodie Breck Todd met her future husband,
N.H.R. Dawson, while visiting a sister in Selma. It is said that she and her sister
smuggled medicines and other supplies to the South after visiting Mary Todd Lincoln
at the White House. Elodie was active in other efforts for the Southern Cause,
including raising funds for the Confederate monument that stands in the same cemetery.
She died while only in her 30s, and her husband, who served as a Confederate officer
and later as U.S. Commissioner of Education, memorialized
his beloved Elodie with this monument.