Homecoming at the Boundary
In celebration of Alabama’s Bicentennial, Clarke County is gearing up to bring back one of the most defining sporting games in the area – stickball. On September 28th Thomasville will host Homecoming at the Boundary, an American Indian living-history exhibition and stickball game. Join us in welcoming ambassadors from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and the Poarch Creek Indians of Alabama for the exhibit, which will include history demonstrations, food, and art. Witness history in the making that evening with a stickball game between two rival teams from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The event kicks off at 10 am, Saturday, September 28 at the Thomasville Civic Center campus with exhibits and demonstrations from the two nations, and culminates with the stickball game at 7pm on Anderson Field on the campus of Thomasville High School.
In Alabama, community pride often stems from athletic exploits; however, there was a time when a ballgame went far beyond bragging rights. It settled boundary disputes that could otherwise have resulted in severe loss of more than land. Stickball, once called Little Brother of War, helped to decide the fate of settlers moving into what would become Clarke County. The Choctaws and the Creeks met at what is now known as Choctaw Corner, and after a prolonged stickball match the Choctaws emerged victorious. This historical, boundary-defining ballgame, played between the Choctaws and the Creeks in 1808, will be commemorated with a sanctioned game by the Mississippi Band of Choctaws. This will be the first stickball game played in the State of Alabama by the group which hosts the World Series of Stickball, arguably one of the most hotly-contested indigenous ballgames in the country.
“Homecoming at the Boundary will capture the history of sports in Thomasville and surrounding areas, while reuniting the nations that helped carve our foundation,” says Mayor Sheldon Day. “We look forward to embracing the culture and history of our home state, and the excitement of the event that comes with such a rich historic past.”
Admission to the daytime event is $2 per person, and admission to the stickball game is $5 per person. See you in Thomasville at Homecoming at the Boundary!