The literary capital of Alabama pays homage to its hometown writers with a new sculpture trail by means of downtown Monroeville.
In a small Southern Alabama town, two youngsters lie on the grass within the scorching 1930s summer time solar. Before them lounges an previous typewriter. The younger, barefooted, overall-clad woman dictates to her thin, golden-haired companion. They swap roles. Later, they write longer stories. A lot later, they write award-winning stories; To Kill a Mockingbird and In Chilly Blood, respectively, to be actual.
Harper Lee and Truman Capote’s legendary friendship began at a younger age in Monroeville, Alabama, the place Lee was born. Their paths crossed when Capote began spending summers at a relative’s home subsequent door to Lee’s. Each considerably misfits amongst the opposite youngsters, they shaped an in depth bond by way of thriller books and an previous typewriter given to them by Lee’s father.
As they grew older and their stories grew fuller, Lee and Capote’s friendship continued. Every based mostly characters off of one another in their books (Dill in To Kill a Mockinbird and Idabel Thompkins in Other Voices, Other Rooms). Lee even accompanied Capote to Garden City, Kansas, taking up 150 pages of notes for his In Cold Blood. Their companionship clearly aided their literary adventures, and the setting of such a friendship can’t be forgotten.
The Monroeville streets they traversed as youngsters reworked into the roads of Maycomb learn by hundreds; and the literary thrill they found in their summers was discovered by others in Monroe County, as nicely.
Monroeville, Alabama—now named the Literary Capital of Alabama—is residence to approximately 7,000 residents. Outdoors of Lee and Capote, a big handful of successful writers, journalists, educators and artists have emerged from the small city. Marva Collins, a nationally-renowned educator, Mark Childress, a well-respected novelist, and Cynthia Tucker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, are all natives of Monroeville. One thing on this rural city ignites the minds of its residents and leads them onto paths of literary success.
To be able to have fun the wealthy literary historical past of Monroeville, The Literary Capital Sculpture Trail was just lately created. The trail, consisting of 14 bronze sculptures, honors the writers who gave the town its title of “Literary Capital of Alabama.” First unveiled on April 26, the sculptures have been all created by University of Alabama college students.
“This Literary Capital Sculpture Trail Project is a unique way to honor and memorialize the many talented writers who have Monroeville roots, and to them and their creations through the lens of a talented group of artists,” says Mayor Sandy Smith. The permanent display weaves throughout downtown, making certain each citizens and tourists can understand the impression Monroeville and these writers have had on American literature and writing.
Here is a listing of the sculptures, their artists and places.
Truman Capote’s Hat and Glasses
Artist: Morgan Harrison
Location: 31 North Alabama Ave./Monroe County Museum – Southeast Entrance
Typically adorning a hat and thick-rimmed glasses, Truman Capote turned probably the most influential writers in American literature. After publishing his first novel at age 24 and profitable the O. Henry Award for greatest brief story at age 30, he went on to write down In Cold Blood, which created the “nonfiction novel” genre.
Artist: Jennifer Gault
Location: 31 North Alabama Ave./Monroe County Museum – Otha Lee Biggs Amphitheater
A simple, yet lovely sculpted gavel is immediately harking back to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Centered round a trial in a small Southern town, the novel has grow to be a literary staple in households all over the world. Lee gained the Pulitzer Prize (1961), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2007) and was admitted into both the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame (2015) and Alabama Ladies’s Corridor of Fame (2019).
The Universe Inside
Artist: Jim Harrison III
Location: 39 North Mount Nice Ave. – The Printery
The old style, bronze typewriter stands as a logo of Rheta Grimsley-Johnson’s dedication to journalism. After writing at the Monroe Journal, which sponsored this sculpture, for several years, Grimsley-Johnson left to write down for the United Press International. She has acquired numerous awards, together with the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinctive Writing Award for Commentary, the Ernie Pyle Journalism Award and the Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction. Additionally, she has been a Pulitzer finalist for commentary.
In Pursuit of Fact
Artist: Ringo Lisko
Location: 18 East Claiborne St. – BackRoads Antiques
This elegant sculpture of a scroll and pen, bordered with a wreath, memorializes Cynthia Tucker’s highly effective writing. Born and raised in Monroeville, Tucker served as the editorial page editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She acquired a Neiman Fellowship at Harvard University in 1988 and gained a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007. Her impactful commentary has made her an influential drive in American journalism.
Home for Hats
Artist: Alisa Boyd
Location: North Alabama Ave. – State of Alabama Pardons & Paroles
A superbly adorned hat box celebrates Mark Childress, a Monroeville-born novelist. The hat field appears as a key item in his novel, Crazy in Alabama, which gained The Spectator’s “Book of the Year” and was a New York Occasions “Notable Book of the Year.” Earlier than Crazy in Alabama, Childress worked for the Birmingham News, as features editor for Southern Dwelling and as regional editor for the Atlanta Journal-Structure. He has also revealed seven novels and three youngsters’s books and has gained The Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Author. This sculpture is sponsored by the Alabama Writers Symposium.
Prissy the Cat
Artist: Alyson Smith
Location: 29 North Mount Pleasant Ave. – RSVP
A small bronze cat rests on the top of a bench in remembrance of Riley Kelly. As author and editor for The Monroe County Journal, Kelly turned an necessary a part of the Monroeville group. He also served as an editor for The Frisco Metropolis Solar and a regional correspondent for The Montgomery Advertiser, The Cellular Press-Register and The Birmingham News. Outdoors of his journalism profession, Kelly was an award-winning poet. Featured in numerous magazines and journals, Kelly’s poems have been even anthologized in Scrod I, which gained E-book of the Yr Award from the Alabama State Poetry Society.
Artist: Zane Boyd
Location: 15 North Mt. Nice Ave. – Monroeville/Monroe County EDA
The daring words, “Victory or Death,” stand proudly on this sculpture for William Barret Travis. Having settled in Monroe County in 1818, Travis turned recognized for his position as Lt. Colonel within the Texas military through the Alamo. On February 24, 1836, Travis wrote a letter from the besieged Alamo asking for help, declaring, “I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country. VICTORY or DEATH.”
Catch the Wind
Artist: Hunter Abdo
Location: 17 West Claiborne St. – Stuart Richeson State Farm
Two bronze kites fluttering in the wind commemorate Truman Capote and his work briefly fiction. The two kites are pictures from his brief story, “A Christmas Memory,” which gained the O. Henry Award for “Best Short Story” and is regularly anthologized. Though born in New Orleans, Capote spent much of his childhood in Monroeville together with his good friend, Harper Lee.
Artist: Hannah Lincoln
Location: 42 East Claiborne St. – The Prop & Gavel
A mockingbird rests on a department in honor of Harper Lee. This iconic image captured in bronze pays homage to one of the beloved American novels. To Kill A Mockingbird is predicated in a small city, Maycomb, that is harking back to Monroeville. The characters, setting and plot of the novel bear a robust resemblance to Lee’s own Southern setting. Inside the first two years of publication, To Kill A Mockingbird bought five million copies in 13 nations.
Cynthia Tucker Wins Pulitzer Prize
Artist: Amber Daum
Location: 86 North Alabama Ave. – Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
A bronze newspaper announcement etches Cynthia Tucker’s Pulitzer win in Monroeville history. Her insightful commentary is revealed in dozens of newspapers around the country. In addition to her Pulitzer, Tucker was additionally named Journalist of the Yr (2006) by the National Association of Black Journalists and is a visiting professor of journalism and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia. She appears often on TV and radio exhibits as a commentator.
Artist: Pat Hoban
Location: 25 Pineville Street – Monroe County Parking Lot
A small bronze boat on the trail honors lawyer and writer Mike Stewart. Stewart grew up in Vredenburgh, a small south Alabama sawmill city situated in north Monroe County. Pictures and scenes from his life in Alabama are often reflected in his written works. Whereas being a profitable company lawyer, Stewart has written 4 well-respected thriller novels.
Artist: Johnathan Lanier
Location: 65 Pineville Street – Office Park
The WSM microphone is an ideal picture to honor probably the most influential nation singers, Hank Williams. A native Alabaman, Williams’ songwriting and musicality gained him acclaim throughout the nation and for generations to return. He hung out with the McNeil household locally of Fountain on the outskirts of Monroeville. His songwriting has sure the hearts of Alabamans and People alike. Williams was posthumously awarded the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement (1987) and the Pulitzer Prize for Special Awards and Citations (2010) for his pivotal position in reworking country music.
Artist: Josh Dugat
Location: 121 Pineville Street – Monroe County Public
An apple is a common American image of instructor appreciation, and Marva Collins deserves immense appreciation. Born in Monroeville, Collins has had a profound influence on her college students and on schooling as an entire. She taught in Alabama and Georgia before leaving to show in Chicago for 14 years. Collins, unhappy with the quality of schooling at faculties, opened her personal Westside Preparatory Faculty. She had superb outcomes together with her students and wrote quite a few books and manuals, which have grow to be essential works for public schooling. She has additionally been awarded the Jefferson Award for the Biggest Public Service Benefiting the Deprived, Lincoln Award of Illinois for service to the state, a Nationwide Humanities Medal,and named as one of the Legendary Ladies of the World (together with Beverly Sills, Nancy Kissinger and Barbara Walters). It is reported that she was asked by Ronald Regan to be the USA Secretary of Schooling. Collins’ impression on schooling does not finish together with her students, but moderately has affected schooling in America completely.
Pulitzer Prize Announcement
Artist: Jennifer Gault
Location: 125 East Claiborne St. – Monroeville Metropolis Hall
A bronze telegram saying a Pulitzer win commemorates the Monroeville writers who got the distinguished award. They embrace:
Harper Lee — 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – To Kill A Mockingbird
Cynthia Tucker – 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
Hank Williams – 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Particular Awards and Citations