Historic Markers Across Alabama

Sidney Lanier ~ 1842-1881

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: On Wetumpha St, east of Washington St, Prattville, Alabama
County: Autauga
Coordinates: N 32° 27.808    W 086° 28.114
  32.46346666    -86.46856666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMFZAT


The poet and musician, born in Macon, Georgia, was Academy principal and teacher in 1867-68. He married Mary H. Day of Macon in December 1867. In Prattville, they lived at the Mims Hotel and later in Dr. S.P. Smith's home.

Following a brief legal career in Georgia, Lanier became first flutist in 1873 with the Peabody Orchestra in Baltimore and in 1879 was appointed as lecturer in English Literature at Johns Hopkins University.

He wrote the words for the American Centennial Cantata and his poetry includes, "The Marshes of Glynn" and "Song of the Chattahoochee." The poet's experiments with musical sound in verse were a significant literary contribution.

Lanier died at the age of 39 from the tuberculosis he had contracted as an imprisoned Confederate soldier during the Civil War. He was buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore.

Daniel Pratt Historic District
Marker Placed by Historic Prattville Redevelopment Authority for City of Prattville
Alabama Historical Association


End of Sidney Lanier ~ 1842-1881