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Monday, June 13, 2011

"Signs of the Past" started as hobby

Started as a hobby.  Photographed one historical Marker in Florence, then added several nearby signs.  Since I enjoy photography, I decided to get all the roadside historical markers in my town of Florence.  That was so much fun, my wife and I decided to include all of Lauderdale County. When that was finished we continued into Colbert County.  Early on, I tried to get an accompanying photo to illustrate the subject of each sign.  That's when creativity really kicked in.  For example, what should accompany a Waterloo sign describing the "Trail of Tears"?  I might have used a painting of Native Americans, or a map of the "Trail" , however I decided upon a quote of Alexis de Tocqueville, the French philosopher, who witnessed the Choctaw "removals":

“ In the whole scene there was an air of ruin and destruction, something which betrayed a final and irrevocable adieu; one couldn't watch without feeling one's heart wrung. The Indians were tranquil, but sombre and taciturn. There was one who could speak English and of whom I asked why the Chactas were leaving their country.  " To be free ," he answered, could never get any other reason out of him. We ... watch the expulsion ... of one of the most celebrated and ancient American peoples.” 
                                                     - -  Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America

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