City of Monroeville to Celebrate Its 120th Birthday

Monroeville, AL: The City of Monroeville is poised to celebrate its 120th birthday on Friday, April 12. The celebration will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a program in the Otha Lee Biggs Amphitheater on Courthouse Square, followed by a meet and greet celebration featuring free birthday cake, an art exhibit and music.  The public is invited and seating is available in the amphitheater.  Music by the group Poarch Ninjas will precede and follow the program.  “This will be a great day to be out on the courthouse square, enjoying the music and celebrating small town life, “ says Mayor Sandy Smith.  “Bring your children and grandchildren and enjoy mixing and mingling throughout the day.” 

City officials will welcome visitors and briefly discuss a timeline of Monroeville’s development from its founding in 1899 through present.  

A highlight of the program will be the presentation of vignettes from Stephanie Salter’s play, “Voices at the Crossroads:  Stories of Old Monroeville.”   The noteworthy cast includes Everette Price as Probate Judge Nicholas Stallworth; Butch Salter as Major Walker; Carole Banks as Letti; Steve Dunn as Shorty Culpepper; Sheila Garner as Belle Ikner; Wayne McMillian as Politician Billy Garner, and Fred Kelley as Probate Judge Otha Lee Biggs.  The play, by Stephanie Salter, will be presented in its entirety at the museum in December 2019.  The program on April 12 will feature snippets related to Monroeville’s development.  According to playwright Salter, “… the play is a tribute to the people of Monroeville and a celebration of the Old County Courthouse that has stood in the center of the historic downtown square for over 100 years. “

Following the Crossroads presentation, Kathy McCoy will present a brief history of the play, “To Kill A Mockingbird” which has been named one of Alabama’s Top Ten Events, and which has traveled extensively to venues such as Washington, D. C.’s Kennedy Center, Jerusalem for the Festival of King David, Chicago, Hong Kong and China, England, etc.   McCoy served as the founding Executive Director of the Monroe County Heritage Museum, from 1990 to 2005, and as the founding director of The Mockingbird Players from 1991 to 2006.  Since this time McCoy served for ten years as Executive Director and Artistic Director of the Pell City Center for Education and Performing Arts.  Retired, she now serves on the Board of Directors of the Pell City Players Theatre Troupe and directs plays and musicals for the troupe. 

Another feature of Monroeville’s 120th birthday celebration is an art exhibit entitled, “These Places Matter.” Local and regional artists are participating by depicting local landmarks that are important to the history and development of Monroeville.  These pieces will be on display in the Old Courthouse Museum, and will first be available for viewing on April 12, following the program in the amphitheater. 

Area schools are invited to attend this free and educational event. 

While Monroeville is celebrating its 120th year, the State of Alabama is celebrating its Bicentennial.  The public is also invited to view the Bicentennial Exhibit at Monroe County Public Library.  For further information on this event, please contact the City of Monroeville at 251/575-5510.