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Trailfest 2015: Mississippi Events

The Southern Literary Trail is supported by the Mississippi Development Authority's Division of Tourism and the Mississippi Humanities Council.



The Margaret Walker CentennialThe Margaret Walker Centennial

This Is My Century: The Life and Legacy of Margaret Walker
Various dates, Jackson, Mississippi

Trail partner, The Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, has planned a year of celebratory events to recognize the centennial of its namesake novelist ("Jubilee"), poet and essayist. Throughout Trailfest (February to May) and continuing through 2015, Walker's remarkable life and influence will be examined with contemporary poetry, performances, art displays, and the written word. The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration and the Oxford Conference for the Book will acknowledge Walker in February and March, 2015, respectively. The Walker Center's annual Creative Arts Festival on April 10 and 11, 2015, will be keynoted by an address from poet/activist Nikki Finney.

After the Creative Arts Festival, a Black Arts Movement Photography Exhibit launches in the Johnson Hall Art Gallery of JSU (April 24, 2015) followed by a Jubilee Picnic at Ayer Hall (July 7, 2015) and "For My People: A Song Cycle," a gala musical celebration for the Walker Centennial in the JSU Student Center Ballrooms on Friday, July 10, 2015. All events are organized and sponsored by the Margaret Walker Center with support from the Mississippi Humanities Council. For specific information and details, call the Margaret Walker Center at 601.979.3935 or visit its website at Link here for a Centennial Rack Card.

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Rowan Oak, home of William FaulknerWilliam FaulknerRowan Oak, Home of William Faulkner

Daily except Monday
Oxford, Mississippi

Home to William Faulkner and his family for over 40 years, Rowan Oak was originally built in 1844 and stands on over 29 acres of land just south of the historic Square in downtown Oxford, Mississippi. Tour materials for Rowan Oak are available in multiple languages. The property and grounds of Rowan Oak are open year-round, from dawn to dusk, though the house is closed on Mondays. There is a $5.00 cost for admission to the house.

Place: Oxford, Ms.
Days and times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Info: or call 662.234.3284

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(Photo: Eudora Welty House & Gardens)(Photo: Eudora Welty House & Gardens)The Eudora Welty House and Garden Tours

Tuesday to Friday, year-round
Jackson, Mississippi

The Eudora Welty House and Garden, among the South's most charming literary destinations, are shown by guided tour only. Allow a minimum of one hour to visit the writer's Tudor Revival home and garden. Hours may be subject to change so call 601.353.7762 to reserve a tour and to confirm times. Welty docents will direct visitors through the house and provide information about the writer in her home from room to room.

Place: The Eudora Welty House, 1119 Pinehurst
Times: Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m.; 11 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 3 p.m.
Info and Admission: Generally $5.00 for adults; call 601.353.7762 to confirm and reserve

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Blues Alley and Delta Ave. street signsDelta Blues Museum

Open Daily, Monday to Saturday
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Since the 1920s, Clarksdale has been a cultural hub in the Mississippi Delta for the Blues, a musical literature unique to the South. The Blues flourished in Clarksdale when railroads intersected in the town, and flush times created musically-curious audiences with money to spend on entertainment. Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Ike Turner, Sam Cooke and W. C. Handy are just a few of the legendary musicians born in or around Clarksdale. Today, the Delta Blues Museum preserves the history of this musical culture for visitors while showcasing contemporary musicians of the Delta Blues tradition.

Place: The Delta Blues Museum, 1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale
Days and Times: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info and Admission: Call 662.627.6820 or visit

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Salvia and Bench at The Faulkner Literary GardenThe Union County Heritage Museum

Daily and Continuing
New Albany, Mississippi

In the town which was the birthplace of William Faulkner, the Union County Heritage Museum presents visitors with interactive exhibits and the atmosphere of Faulkner's Mississippi in its Literary Garden. The garden is accented by stones with quotes from the literature of Faulkner, who was born only one block from the Museum's location. During Trailfest 2015, the Museum will welcome members of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, among other guests, who will be touring the Southern Literary Trail.

Place: 114 Cleveland Street, New Albany
Days and Times: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Info: Call 662.538.0014

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Stark YoungThe Emily J. Pointer Library

The Stark Young Collection & Literary Landmark
Daily and Continuing
Como, Mississippi

Stark Young was born in Como, and over the course of his life, he became a novelist ("So Red the Rose"), poet, essayist, dramatist, painter, and Broadway critic. The Southern Literary Trail writer retained his self-described "Southern-ness" but he ultimately landed in Manhattan where he wrote drama criticism for The New York Times. The Pointer Library of Como has curated a Stark Young Collection and also led the effort for declaration of a Stark Young Literary Landmark in the town. Librarians share the Collection with visitors and provide information for a stroll through picturesque Como.

Place: The Emily J. Pointer Library, 104 Main St., Como
Days and Times: Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Info: Call the Library, 662.526.5283

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