The yearlong Monroe County Bicentennial exhibit, “Monroe County and its ...” sponsored by Georgia Power and the Monroe County Historical Society, will kick off this month in the Monroe County Annex atrium. The first display will feature Monroe County’s Communities. The exhibit is free and open to the public during all hours when the Annex is open.

The February exhibit will center on Trains and the Railroads. The exhibits will have a different focus each month through December.

The presentation of the bicentennial drama is tentatively scheduled for June 2021.  Patsy Vedder Clarke and Tully Ralph are working on that presentation. Banners announcing Monroe County’s 200th anniversary will be displayed around the Courthouse Square in downtown Forsyth. Work on a time capsule to celebrate the Bicentennial is continuing .

Other Bicentennial events are being planned. The Bicentennial Commission remains committed to providing a celebration worthy of the people of Monroe County. The Monroe County Bicentennial Commission has decided to postpone the primary week of celebration from May until the fall of 2021.  

"There were too many uncertainties about COVID-19 ," Ralph Bass, chairman, said of the commission's decision. 

 Bass noted that while the state legislature in May 1821 carved out of the Creek concession of January 1821 Monroe and four other counties, it was not until December that the state legislature organized government for the county with the appointment of commissioners.

The Bicentennial Commission made the decision to change the celebration date at its Jan. 7 meeting. A committee was established to investigate football and fall festival schedules and then make their recommendations for the new dates at the next meeting on Jan. 21.

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