Monday, April 4, 2016

Legend of the Lady Banks Rose

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.  



William Kendall said...

Rather poetic, as death goes.

Tanya Breese said...

that's a pretty shot with the window, reflection and blooms!

Kranky Granny said...

I have spent a lot of time in Alabama with my southern kinfolks and never heard this story. Fascinating.