This week in history: 1961

Published 7:00 am Sunday, May 19, 2024

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Delving into the archives of The Greenville Advocate from this week in 1961 reveals a tapestry of local life, featuring events that resonated with the community. Among the headlines were Cecil Moody’s art exhibit at the Steakhouse, showcasing over 65 of his artistic achievements, and the crowning of Miss Sandra Boutwell as the Alabama State Foxhunt Queen, alongside her attendants. These events, and others, offer a vibrant snapshot of Greenville’s cultural and educational landscape in 1961, reflecting a community rich in artistic talent and tradition.


  • Cecil Moody’s Art Exhibit Set At Steak House:  An intriguing art exhibit showcasing local artist Cecil Moody’s work was on display in the Camellia Room at the Steakhouse on Sunday, May 13, and Monday, May 14, until 8 p.m. Over 65 of Moody’s artistic achievements, including landscapes, still lifes, seascapes, abstract paintings, wood-block prints, and ceramics, were exhibited. Moody, a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in art education, believed that art should be included in the school curriculum to benefit children. The exhibit aimed to encourage the study of art among youth.


  • Greenville High School Commencement Program: The commencement season opened with a sermon at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, at the First Baptist Church, featuring a special selection by Janis Spann, Nanna Mullins, Jean Williford and Carolyn Till, accompanied by Flowers Brackin. The commencement program for Greenville High School took place the following Wednesday night, featuring Janice Spann as valedictorian and Mary Neese as salutatorian. The class of 114 graduates heard a commencement address from Dr. Truman Pierce of Auburn, with the baccalaureate sermon delivered by The Rev. Thomas Powell, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.


  • Alabama State Foxhunt Queen and Her Attendants: Miss Sandra Boutwell, the Alabama State Foxhunt Queen, was crowned along with her attendants Marian Daniel, Judy Tindal, and Sandra Gayle Greenwood.


  • The “Centennial Pageant”: The “Centennial Pageant,” preceding the awarding of diplomas to kindergarten graduates, was presented by undergraduates. Participants included Nancy Hanks, Jean Hardin, Jeanette Hopkins, Kitty Taber, Dottie Henderson, Martha McGehee, Tom Nicholas, Howie Neiswender, Allen Ryan, Robert Poole, John Sherling, Keener Lynn, Jon Mark Glenn and James Riley.