Prattville in Autauga County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Sidney Lanier/Prattville Male and Female Academy Site
The poet and musician, born in Macon, Georgia, was Academy principal in 1867-68. He married Mary H. Day of Macon in December 1867. In Prattville, they lived at the Mims Hotel and later in Dr. S.P. Smith's home.
Following a brief legal career in Georgia, Lanier became first flutist in 1873 with the Peabody Orchestra in Baltimore and in 1879 was appointed as lecturer in English Literature at Johns Hopkins University.
He wrote the words for the American Centennial Cantata and his poetry includes, “The Marshes of Glynn” and “Song of the Chattahoochee.” The poet's experiments with musical sound in verse were a significant literary contribution.
Lanier died at the age of 39 from the tuberculosis he had contracted as an imprisoned Confederate soldier during the Civil War. He was buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore.
The 1859 Italianate-style brick structure was built by Daniel Pratt. The bell which hung in the belfry above the second floor now may be seen in the school yard on Washington Street. In April 1861 the Prattville Dragoons mustered here before departing for encampment and were presented a silk flag
In 1927 the original building was replaced by the present structure, one of several in Alabama built on the same plan. The architect is unknown but the design has been attributed to Frank Lockwood.
Erected 1997 by Historic Prattville Redevelopment Authority of City of Prattville and the Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 32° 27.81′ N, 86° 28.113′ W. Marker is in Prattville, Alabama, in Autauga County. Marker is at the intersection of Wetumpka Street (County Route 2) and South Washington Street, on the right when traveling east on Wetumpka Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 216 Wetumpka Street, Prattville AL 36067, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sidney Lanier (within shouting distance of this marker); The Prattville Dragoons (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Mark's Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away); Daniel Pratt/First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Prattville, Alabama / Original Members (approx. ¼ mile away); Mulbry Grove Cottage A County Older Than the State, Autauga County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Autauga County Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prattville.
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