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Fitzgerald kicks off heritage celebration

April 23, 2004

Fitzgerald- Many of the people who make up Fitzgerald today are telling the story of the people who built the city in its beginning.

"It's important for them to realize there was something special about the place where we live and there's a legacy to pass on their children," said Beth McQuaig, co-director of the play.

"Our Friend, The Enemy" is the story of how Union veterans came to Georgia in the late 1800's to begin a colony. It was one of the first of its kind.

"They were suffering the drought in Nebraska and Oklahoma and in the west. They were Union veterans looking for a place to settle after the war."

This story of unity between union and confederate veterans and their families was written by the late Beth Davis, a long-time Fitzgerald resident.

"And she had the wisdom and the foresight to realize that this would make a good story to tell," said Mickey Foreman, also co-director of the play.

They're telling the story again to share the unique history of a small South Georgia town, but more importantly, to remind each of the of the harmony and heritage of their roots. The jubilee continues through next weekend.

It feature events like seminars on the city's Blue and Gray Museum, several musical performances and an art exhibit.