Cecelia “Cece” Fuller Dillard was honored at the General Sumter Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution meeting at the Country Club of Birmingham. Regent, Anne Gibbons, presented the DAR Historic Preservation Medal to Cece. The purpose of the presentation of the DAR Historic Preservation Medal is to honor an individual who has made significant volunteer efforts with preservation at the community, state, or national level. The Historic Preservation Medal is the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s most prestigious historic preservation award.
With help from her lifelong friend, Carolyn Wheeler, the community, and city officials, Cece spearheaded efforts to restore and preserve sites in the city she loves and calls “Home”, LaFayette. Many trips from Birmingham, where she now resides, were made while the work was in progress. After the city cemetery was cleaned, Cece completed the application to the AL Historic Commission to request that a historic marker be placed at the cemetery. Permission was granted and a marker now stands at the entrance to the cemetery. Projects in the downtown area and First Methodist Church were other sites targeted for clean-up and preservation.
Members from the General Sumter Chapter plan a day excursion to Lafayette to tour these sites. We congratulate Cece and the community on this award.