Lillie Pratt says she will continue to sell flowers on Franklin Street — as long as it makes her happy.
“Business is slow,” she said, “Almost nothing. But, well, it makes me happy.”
Stationed in front of the Bank of America branch with buckets of white carnations and pink and yellow daisies beside her, Pratt is now the only remaining Franklin Street “flower lady.”
Once a fixture in downtown, the number of flower ladies has dwindled in recent years.
In July, Pratt lost her longtime friend and fellow flower lady Bettie Jones.
Jones was 104 when she passed away and had been selling flowers with Pratt for most of her life.
“She was a good friend of mine, and she loved her flowers,” Pratt said. “She really enjoyed what she had to do.”
Jones, along with eight other women, began selling flowers after the Great Depression.
“They added beauty and creativity to Franklin, and they added income to their pockets,” said Rev. J.R. Manley.