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Michael, Moina


Moina Michael was born near Good Hope in Walton County on August 15, 1869. She attended the Lucy Cobb Institute and the State Normal School - both in Athens - before attending Columbia University in New York (1912-1923). Michael subsequently taught in four different school systems, but with the outbreak of World War I she worked with the training headquarters for overseas YWCA workers (1918-1919). During this period, Michael read the poem that would become known as “In Flanders Fields” and conceived the idea of selling memorial poppies to fund the care of disabled soldiers and their families. She subsequently became widely known as the “Poppy Lady.” Michael died in Athens, Georgia on May 10, 1944. Four years later, the U.S. Post Office Department issued a commemorative stamp in her honor.

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Source: Collection of Ed Jackson