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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.

Whitehall (c. 1843)

Whitehall (c. 1843)

Open by appointment. Circa 1843 NATIONAL REGISTER HISTORIC DISTRICT   This pillared mansion was built near the street, although the property extended over an entire city block; it includes gardens,…

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Live 2 Lead

16 Dec 2017

Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. Courtyard Marriott, Columbus Tickets, Sponsor, and Vendor Information: www.live2leadcolumbus2017.eventbrite.com John…
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A Night with The Menders

22 Dec 2017

Friday, Dec. 22, the Columbus Arts Council and Hope Community Church present "A Night with…
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Mississippi Theater Assocation

11 Jan 2018

Welcome Mississippi Theater Association members to Columbus! January 11-14, 2018
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