Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Memorializing the enduring, edible possum!
One of my favorite sights anywhere near Jackson County is this beautifully carved memorial in the Washington County town of Wausau. In case you don't recognize it, it is that community's famed Possum Monument.
Erected in 1982, the monument memorializes the role the possum has played in providing food to generations of Southerners in good times and bad. Wausau, of course, proclaims itself as the "Possum Capital of the World" and is the home of the annual Fun Day and Possum Festival.
What you may not realize, however, is that the first Saturday in August of each year has been officially designated as "Possum Day in the Great State of Florida" by the state legislature. Democrats and Republicans might not always agree on much in the Sunshine State, but they overwhelmingly passed this resolution in both the House and Senate on a single day back in 1982.
If you would like to read more, please visit: www.exploresouthernhistory.com/washingtoncounty and look for the heading for the Possum Monument.