The Wedding Walk Highlights Popular Figures In Ringgold History

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - by Joseph Brellenthin
Ringgold CVB members at the famous Ringgold Wedding Chapel, home to new historical wedding marker. From left are: Priscilla DeWitt; Raye Brooks; Randall Franks; Ron Henderson; Dr. Ronal Graham.
Ringgold CVB members at the famous Ringgold Wedding Chapel, home to new historical wedding marker. From left are: Priscilla DeWitt; Raye Brooks; Randall Franks; Ron Henderson; Dr. Ronal Graham.
- photo by Joseph Brellenthin

The Ringgold Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) unveiled the first in a series of historical narrative tablets that highlight the unique wedding history of Ringgold. “We are so excited about enhancing the walking experience in Ringgold with these unique markers that can be enjoyed by everyone,” said Ronal Graham, Ringgold CVB chairman.

The first marker highlights the Ringgold Wedding Chapel - the former Ringgold Methodist Church. Among the list of celebrities who married there is former Louisiana Governor and Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmie Davis to legendary Gospel Hall of Fame member Anna Carter Gordon of the Chuck Wagon Gang.

"'The Wedding Walk' will soon feature three narrative tablets that illustrate the marriage stories of celebrities who came to the community to tie the knot as well as the history of those landmarks where the marriages occurred," he said. When asked about how the CVB pays or these new markers, Dr. Graham explained that, "Funding for the narrative tablets are provided by hotel/motel tax funds paid for by visitors as they stay in the community and those funds must be used to enhance the experience of tourists in the community."

“Folks travel from around the region to marry in Ringgold,” explained Vice Mayor Randall Franks. “Some of the favorite stories that folks like to share are the famous people who started their lives here. We are honored to get those stories placed where residents and visitors can enjoy them.” Mr. Franks, also an award-winning journalist and author, wrote the tablet narrative. He credited historians William H.H. “Bill” Clark, Mary D. Humphreys, and the late Susie Blaylock McDaniel for their work in recording some of the history featured and Rachel Brown for editing.


Closeup of new historical wedding marker.
Closeup of new historical wedding marker.
- Photo2 by Joseph Brellenthin

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