Community leader celebrates 100 years of blessings

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 04:00 PM.

"There's been a lot of changes in Crestview," Conyers said. "There wasn't anything here but sand. You didn't think there would ever be sidewalks or paved streets. And there weren't many stores.

"We had a theater but it was out in the open, like a tent. The sides were open, but it was nice."

Conyers remembers the era of segregation.

"People have changed quite a bit, and it's a blessing," she said. "We do more mixing than we used to. If I had to go to the courthouse and I wanted a drink of water, I had to get my water out of a different sink over here, and you got your water out of sink over there. I had to go in a different door."

Conyers also vividly recalls Sept. 23, 1921, shortly before the family moved to Crestview, when the city had its second and last public hanging. She watched a long stream of cars driving to the event on Old Spanish Trail Highway, now U.S. Highway 90.

"I was small. I climbed up on our wagon and counted all the cars that were going to the hanging," Conyers said. "Mama said she didn't want to go see somebody get hung, so we didn't go."

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