Rockmart, Soldier, & Catfish BirthdayThursday, May 19, 2011
Last month for Av's birthday, we knew we wanted to wind up in Cragford, Alabama for Av's birthday supper at Red's Catfish, so we went the *really-really* roundabout way and went through Rockmart, Georgia. It's a town that was founded around a quarry and rock market, so many of the buildings have this great look by virtue of being made out of local slate and brick:
Right next door to the main sanctuary of First Baptist:
Church of Christ:
The Post Office has a Section (done during WPA projects) oil by Reuben Gambrell entitled "Kiln Room, Cement Plant":
Downtown is the really great 1941 West Theatre:
A little out of town is the historic 1846 (or so) Van Wert Methodist Church:
The church looked like this (scroll halfway down) in 2005 and like this in the 1920s.
Nearby Cedartown is the hometown of Sterling Holloway, which I only mention because if you close your eyes and think of Winnie the Pooh's voice...that's Sterling Holloway's voice.
On our way back through for supper, we stopped at -- I know it sounds so strange to say this but -- one of my favorite cemetery monuments. It's the B.O. Dawkins monument close to Cragford:
He was 24 and died in 1918 during WWI. A Private in Company E of the 306th Engineers.
On the backside: