PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - It's another unique aspect of the rich history in Pass Christian. Friday, a group gathered at the foot of Church Avenue to remember and celebrate the city's connection to George Washington.
"I'd like to welcome all of y'all to the unveiling of the historical marker for Frances Parke Lewis Butler," said Pam Brown, with the local DAR chapter.
Butler was the grandniece of President George Washington. Hurricane Katrina displaced the original historic marker which pointed to her grave site.
Friday morning, Pass Christian middle school students helped unveil the newly restored sign.
"Pass Christian's roots go really, really deep. They really do. It was such a joy to us to be able to originally furnish the marker, and then bring it back home again," said Brown.
The brief dedication included a prayer once spoken by George Washington.
"That thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection," said the prayer leader.
"It's important. Pass Christian is historic. We have a lot of history, and it's especially important for the students to be part of this and witness the history," said Alice Russell, with the Live Oak Cemetery Association.
"Frances Parke Lewis Butler. Grandniece of President George Washington and great granddaughter of his lovely wife, Martha," said Alyssa Beth Foster, a sixth grader who portrayed the famous descendant.
"My students do the research on a lot of the different characters who were influential in the first days of Pass Christian. Then we bring those characters to life for our community," said Lori Fisher, who teaches gifted middle school students.
It was happenstance that will forever link Frances Parke Lewis Butler to Pass Christian. She wasn't born there and did not live there.
She lived in Louisiana, where many folks liked to travel to The Pass for vacation type visits. She was on one such trip, when she fell ill and died here.
"It's just part of old, old history," said Brown.
It's a history that hasn't been forgotten in Pass Christian.
The original marker was found by a work crew sorting through debris after Hurricane Katrina.
Several people were involved in restoring the sign and the plans to return it to the corner of Church Avenue and Highway 90.