Mississippi Writers Trail

Upcoming Marker Unveilings:

Tennessee Williams
Cutrer Mansion
109 Clark St.
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Thursday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.

Shelby Foote and Walker Percy
E.E. Bass Cultural Center
323 South Main St.
Greenville, MS 38701
Friday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Based on the nationwide success of Mississippi’s efforts to tell the state’s story of cultural heritage through the Blues, Country Music and Freedom Trails, Mississippi organizations felt the time had come to honor Mississippi’s rich literary history.

The Mississippi Writers Trail is an initiative of the Mississippi Arts Commission, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Mississippi, Mississippi Book Festival, Mississippi Humanities Council, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Mississippi Library Commission and Visit Mississippi.

The first chapter of the Mississippi Writers Trail began with the unveiling of the inaugural marker honoring Eudora Welty. There are currently four markers composing the trail:

  • Eudora Welty
  • Margaret Walker
  • Elizabeth Spencer
  • William Faulkner

Click the book icons to discover the Mississippi Writers Trail

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Eudora Welty
Eudora Welty House & Garden
1119 Pinehurst St.
Jackson, MS 39202

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Margaret Walker
Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University
1400 J.R. Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217

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Elizabeth Spencer
Merrill Museum
601 E. Jackson St.
Carrollton, MS 38917

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William Faulkner
Rowan Oak
916 Old Taylor Rd.
Oxford, MS 38655

“THE MISSISSIPPI WRITERS TRAIL NOT ONLY CELEBRATES AND IMMORTALIZES THE STATE’S VAST CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LITERARY WORLD, BUT ALSO DRAWS SO MANY TO OUR STATE WHO ARE WANTING TO SEE WHERE SOME OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AMERICAN WRITERS WERE INSPIRED TO WRITE THEIR MASTERPIECES.”

-VISIT MISSISSIPPI DIRECTOR CRAIG RAY

 

The markers will provide biographical information, including birthplace, home, gravesite, museum or literary locale. Ensuing markers will span the state and honor other Mississippians who have contributed to the state's literary legacy.

To ensure the quality and accurate representation of each marker and its honoree, the Writer’s Trail Advisory Committee relies on a group of literary scholars selected by the committee to make recommendations as to the selection of writers to be honored with a marker and the location of the marker. Scholars also make recommendations for the prioritization of markers to be completed within each available funding phase.

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jon Parrish Peede addresses the crowd assembled at the inaugural Mississippi Writers Trail marker unveiling honoring Eudora Welty. 

The Mississippi Writers Trail Advisory Committee has enlisted three literary scholars who will assist throughout in its inaugural year. These scholars include Marion Barnwell, author of Touring Literary Mississippi; Dr. Don Schaffer, associate professor of English at Mississippi State University and Dr. Bridget Smith Pieschel, director of the Center of Women's Research and Public Policy and professor of English at Mississippi University for WomenStaff from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Development Authority will continue to serve as the primary work group and will liaise with members of the Advisory Committee, scholars and other public and private sector partners.

To brush up on the work of some of the Mississippi writers who will be honored along the trail, pick up Welty’s The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty; Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing; Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!; Wright’s Native Son; and any and all of Tennessee Williams’ plays.

 

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