Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Kings of Selma

It's "K" Week at ABC Wednesday, and this round, I'll have to go with KING.
 There have been many Kings associated with Selma, but this picture
 shows the mausoleum of one of the most influential, William Rufus deVane King
founder of Selma who became vice president of the United States. 

King and his Selma Land Company not only named the town, they designed
it and sold the lots on which the town was built. King later became a U.S.
 senator and U.S. Minister to France, president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate 
and then U.S. vice president in 1853. However, he was unwell and took 
the oath of office in Havana, Cuba, then died less than a month later. 

Other Kings of influence were Dr. Goldsby King who founded the first private
 hospital which became King Sanitarium, then King Memorial Hospital. 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in the 1960s to lead voting rights marches,
 and a bust of him stands in front of Brown Chapel AME Church. 

But despite all the busts, memorials, plaques and pictures of those mortal Kings,
 it is the King of Kings that receives the greatest tribute. I never tire of
 the beauty of the many stained-glass windows in our community 
that depict the life of Jesus and comforting words from The Bible. 




Lowell said...

Very interesting and informative post. I never knew that about the vice president. VPs really get lost in the shuffle. Beautiful stained-glass!

Barbara Farr said...

Nice post, Janet.

Jo said...

Very interesting! I agree with Lowell -- VPs do tend to get lost in the shuffle, so it's nice to see this. :)

Roger Owen Green said...

hard to keep track of Veeps!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Chubskulit Rose said...

Very interesting!

Catching up with letter K (again).
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team