Macon in Bibb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
William Arthur Fickling, Sr.
Father of Cherry Blossoms
Mr. Ficklingís broad ranging interests included Wesleyan College, Macon Chamber of Commerce, Bibb County Commission, a number of charitable organizations and Mulberry Street United Methodist Church.
Recipient of numerous awards for his service and contributions, Mr. Fickling was the inspiration for the Cherry Blossom Festival. He gave more than 180,000 Yoshino Cherry Trees to be planted throughout Bibb County. A result of that gift was the Cherry Blossom Festival, which has annually brought thousands of visitors to Macon and is recognized as a premier tourist attraction. Known for his honesty, fearlessness, and dedication to public service Mr. Fickling is widely recognized as one of Maconís most influential and outstanding citizens.
Erected by Macon, Georgia Cherry Blossom Festival.
Location. 32° 50.15′ N, 83° 37.617′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker is on 3rd Street 0 miles north of Cherry Street, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Macon GA 31201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Post 3 Macon (within shouting distance of this marker); First Public Camellia Show (within shouting distance of this marker); Macon City Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Freemasonry in Macon (about 500 feet away); Macon History (about 500 feet away); Wilson's Raid To Macon (about 600 feet away); Jefferson Davis at the Lanier House (about 600 feet away); Civil War Era Maconites of African Ancestry (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Macon.
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