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Southern Roots: Tennessee Williams and Columbus, MS

Tennessee Williams, one of the most important playwrights in American history, was born in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911.  

 

Although he remained in Columbus for only a few years, the hospitality, warmth and Southern charm of this community and its people left a lasting impression and served as inspiration for the playwright for years to come. This Southern influence can be seen in much of his work, including some of his best-known plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie. 

 

During the 1950s, when his career was in full swing, Williams returned to Columbus.  During his visit, he commented, “Home is where you hang your childhood, and Mississippi to me is the beauty spot of creation, a dark, wide, spacious land that you can breathe in.”

 

In 1993, the rectory was in danger of being torn down to make room for church expansion.  In an effort to preserve this literary landmark, the yellow and blue gingerbread home was loaded onto flatbed trailers and moved to Main Street, where it was restored. 

 

On September 10, 2004, the home was designated as a National Literary Landmark to celebrate his contributions to the American arts.  Today, it serves as the official welcome center for Columbus and hosts visitors from around the world who come to see this historic home, and to learn more about the man, his life and work.

R.E. Hunt Museum

The R. E. Hunt Museum & Cultural Center is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 and supported by alumni, volunteers and friends.   R. E. Hunt opened its…

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Upcoming Events

Holiday Inn Express Grand Opening and Silent Auction

18 Oct 2017

Holiday Inn Express, 2000 6th Street North, will host a Grand Opening, featuring property tours,…
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Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium

19 Oct 2017

The Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium is held each October in honor of The W's most famous alumna.…
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Caledonia Days

20 Oct 2017

Celebrate the Town of Caledonia during the annual Caledonia Days festival Friday and Saturday, October…
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