COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Did you know the very first Memorial Day was most likely celebrated in the Fountain City at Linwood Cemetery.
Lizzie Rutherford is credited as the person who came up with the idea of Memorial Day for soldiers who died in the Civil War.
Rutherford has a grave at Linwood Cemetery in Columbus.
Dr. Richard Gardiner the Associate Professor of History Education at CSU says while other city's claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day there is strong evidence to conclude the holiday started in Columbus.
Dr. Gardiner has written a book about the history of Memorial Day in Columbus. He says the federal government chose to move Memorial Day to May 30th so the Northern states would to take advantage of the spring weather there.
St. Luke United Methodist Church also has a monument on the grounds dedicated to the women behind Memorial Day.
It was dedicated in 1938.