The world’s most unique monument!

“In profound appreciation of the boll weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity this monument was erected by the citizens of Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama.”

The lovely Greek Goddess cast in bronze has stood quietly in the middle of historic downtown Enterprise for 100 years, but her message continues to be heard loud and clear. The people of the young city of Enterprise learned the lesson of triumph over tragedy in the early 1900s when the livelihood of farmers in the rural area around Enterprise was snatched away by a failed economy too dependent on cotton crops. The evil weevil invaded from Mexico and destroyed cotton by eating the silky fibers inside the cotton bolls. Thankfully, Enterprise banker H.M. Sessions heard of Dr. George Washington Carver’s development of new products for peanuts, and convinced farmer C.W. Baston to try planting peanuts in 1916. The crop was successful. Enthusiasm for planting peanuts grew along with the market for them, putting money back into the pockets of farmers and businessmen. The boll weevil was credited with forcing the diversification of crops and expansion of other businesses that returned Enterprise and Coffee County to prosperity. As a tribute to the weevil and the people who refused to let it defeat them, businessman Bon Fleming led the community on Dec. 11, 1919 to raise the Boll Weevil Monument, the only statue in the world honoring an insect. Come join us this year to celebrate the monument’s birthday and a lesson that’s just as valuable today as it was 100 years ago.

What the Locals Say…

Local residents pass by her every day – the lovely Greek lady draped in a flowing white gown. She’s been the centerpiece of downtown Enterprise for 100 years, persevering through rain, wind, snow, heat and sometimes, even thievery and abuse. But she continues to do her job dutifully, standing tall with raised arms reverently holding the contrasting form of an ugly bug. Is the uncommon site that sets Enterprise apart from any other city in the world just something we take for granted? Or does the unique, historic statue hold a place of deep meaning in our hearts and speak to us with inspiration? Here’s what the locals say …