Sidney Lanier Historical Marker Needs Facelift

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By Josh Ninke

Sidney Lanier High School has left a mark on many of the students who walked these halls, and one group of alumni are hoping to return the favor. 

 
No one is really sure just what happened to the historical marker placed at the high school, but everyone agrees it needs a facelift. 
 
George Howell from the class of '65 is helping with the effort which he says started from a single picture posted online by another alumnus. 
 
"He posted it to facebook and a lady in lakeland Florida named Pam Corwin Fellows saw the picture, thought it looked terrible, and started a campaign to raise money to have a new sign placed here," said Howell.
 
These historical markers are a big deal. Local historian Mary Anne Neely has been responsible for writing many of the markers in the area, and says it's important to recognize our local history. 
 
"I think a historic marker is a gift for the students who go there. It's nice to know that where you are has a past and it's nice to know that that past is worth recognizing and is being recognized," said Neely. 
 
George Howell says his experiences at the school helped shape who he is today, and replacing the marker is the least he can do. The total cost is $2,000 and the group is about 2/3 of the way there.
 
"We got a good education at Lanier, learned a lot about life and it served me well going to Auburn University," said Howell. 
 
Sidney Lanier High School has been at this location for almost 75 years and Neely thinks this marker would be a great commemoration for the anniversary.
 
You can help with the project by clicking here for their Facebook group called the Campaign to Replace Sidney Lanier High School Historic Marker. 

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John C. BUSH said on Thursday, Aug 22 at 8:18 AM

Thank you for doing this piece about our effort to replace the historical marker at Sidney Lanier High School. Your good work is a great help to the project and is much appreciated. J. Bush Class of '56.

Minna Roth Hill said on Thursday, Aug 22 at 1:30 AM

Great video! Thanks so much for covering this campaign for us. One correction: The "New" Lanier opened in the Fall of 1929, so it is actually nearly 85 years old.

Minna Roth Hill said on Thursday, Aug 22 at 1:26 AM

Great video! Thanks so much for covering this campaign for us. One correction: The "New" Lanier opened in the Fall of 1929, so it is actually nearly 85 years old.

Becky Pepper said on Wednesday, Aug 21 at 10:45 PM

I was SO excited to see television coverage of the effort to have the marker replaced at Sidney Lanier. Not only is Lanier a historical landmark, its halls tell the story of thousands of young men & women who attended school there. Thank you.

Mike Manos said on Wednesday, Aug 21 at 10:13 PM

I am very appreciative to everyone who has been a part of this drive! Thank you for giving this attention on your station. We look forward to seeing the new marker in place.

Faye Morgan Perry said on Wednesday, Aug 21 at 6:59 PM

I am so proud of Pam and everyone who feels the same as I do about Sidney Lanier. Even though I live in Hawaii, Lanier was my school and Montgomery, my home.

Pam Corwin Fellows said on Wednesday, Aug 21 at 6:36 PM

Thank you for considering this newsworthy. It is something very near and dear to all of Sidney Lanier past, present and future students.

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