Monuments in Old Live Oak Cemetery have been
showing their ages for a long, long time!
The Washington Smith marker may have a bit of tarnish,
but his story still sparkles.
Smith was a Selma banker, and before Yankee troops
invaded town in April 1865, he hid the bank's gold in a column on his house.
The downstairs was used to treat injured Union soldiers after the Battle of Selma,
but during their stay they never found the bank's assets. When the Yankees
were gone, the gold was retrieved by cutting a hole in the bottom of the column.
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