Sitting in the middle of "Main" street & College St this fountain is 10' to 12' wide with squirting water jets. In the middle is about an 8' tall female statue (white marble in color) holding, in her hands, above her head an overly large, golden, boll weevil bug. The monument is more to commemorate the switch (forced on the community by the cotton crop blight brought on by boll weevil infestation) to peanut farming than anything else. Cotton, 150 yrs ago was the main crop of the south, including Alabama. This insect destroyed those crops and drove many out of farming and into poverty. This was BEFORE modern day pesticides brought the insect under control. So long ago farmers that held out switched their crops from cotton to peanuts. Which is not a favorite food of the boll weevil. I, for one don't know WHY they would celebrate an insect that drove SO many into destitution. Maybe it just looks better that holding up a "golden peanut". I live in this town & drive by the monument several times a week. ALWAYS see it and shake my head, wondering WHY?
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