Back on April 2, 1865, much of Selma was looted and burned
in one of the last battles of the Civil War. The Rev. Arthur Small,
young pastor of the Presbyterian Church, was among 2,000 volunteer
defenders, but he went ahead and preached his sermon
before Union troops arrived.
That sermon was to be his last.
He died in battle, and when his body was laid upon the steps
of the church manse, it is said that the Lady Banks rosebush nearby
cried its petals upon the beloved pastor's body.
Small is buried in Old Live Oak Cemetery.
This Lady Banks rose blooms in the courtyard
of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church,
formerly First Presbyterian Church of Selma.
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