Columbus has received an embarrassment of riches with national and international media attention directed at the 100th birthday celebration of Tennessee Williams. But our local media was not to be outdone and that includes your publication with pictures, stories and calendar reminders. Thank you for your splendid support.
But the icing on the cake was to have visitors from many states and countries—you were so kind as to interview our visitor from China who will return in September to speak at the Tennessee Williams Tribute. And, your reporter spoke with a couple from New York who were on their way to Florida but stopped to see several events of the celebration as a result of the story about Columbus in the New York Times Travel Section.
The unveiling of the historic plaques presided over by Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Board President Whirly Byrd and movie director Jodie Markel at the hospital site where he was born (now Trustmark Bank) and the unveiling of the marker at St Paul’s Episcopal Church by Mrs. Ann Palmer (who saw his first play in a garden in Memphis), where the highlights of the week-end.
You will be pleased to know that a representative from the state tourist board, Sarah McCullough made a special trip to Columbus to view the “Lunch and a Play” at the Columbus Arts Council’s Omnova Theatre to tell organizers that because of the Columbus work to bring tourists and fans of Mr. Williams to the state—it is the intention of their agency to increase the marketing of Tennessee Williams as a state attraction. Thank you to everyone who has participated in these years of efforts to let the world know that Columbus is a special place of beauty to visit, see and enjoy. That is the extraordinary legacy that will continue to grow as the citizens of Columbus daily welcome the world to his childhood home at 300 Main Street. Come to think of it—it was Tennessee Williams who gave Columbus the very best birthday present the city and county could ever want!!
Thanks to everyone who helped make his birthday a truly historic occasion.
Brenda Caradine TWT VolunteerColumbus, Mississippi