In 1902 while on a hunting expedition in Sharkey County, President
Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt refused to shoot a captured bear. This act
resulted in the creation of the world-famous teddy bear.
Friendship Cemetery in Columbus has been called Where Flowers Healed a
Nation. It was April 25, 1866, and the Civil War had been over for a
year when the ladies of Columbus decided to decorate both Confederate
and Union soldiers' graves with beautiful bouquets and garlands of
flowers. As a direct result of this kind gesture, Americans celebrate
what has come to be called Memorial Day each year, an annual observance
of recognition of war dead.