Dr. Wayne Flynt will be the guest speaker on Feb. 26 at the SouthFirst Bank Adult Lecture Series held at the B.B. Comer Memorial Library. He will present “Notable and Honorable Ancestors: My Clay County Heroes and Heroines.” Refreshments begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the program at noon.
Flynt speaks affectionately of Clay County, saying that it is “the county that produced my wonderful wife’s family, of which there are no better!” With his knowledge of the history, politics, and terrain of Clay County which was carved from Randolph and Talladega Counties in 1866, Dr. Flynt could take many directions with his story. He said, “In short I will talk, as I usually do, about the famous to all well-informed Alabamians, and the ones who are mainly famous to me.”
Dr. Wayne Flynt, one of the country’s foremost historians, graduated from Anniston High School and Howard College (now Samford University) and earned his doctorate at Florida State University. After teaching at Samford for twelve years, he became head of the history department at Auburn and retired as Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 2005. He has received numerous teaching awards and written/co-authored many award-winning books. He was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor and was named Alabamian of the Year by the Mobile Register.