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In 1960, J.B. Lippincott and Company published a startling new book that quickly achieved best seller status. It was written by Harper Lee of Monroeville, Alabama, and fifty years later, her novel To Kill A Mockingbird remains one of the most beloved books of all time. With its dramatic and memorable rendering of race relations in a small Alabama town, Mockingbird won the 1961 Putlitzer Prize and translated into a 1962 movie that won Gregory Peck his only Oscar for an unforgettable portrayal of lawyer Atticus Finch. Horton Foote also received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay.

The Monroe County Heritage Museums and the Alabama Humanities Foundation will commemorate this remarkable anniversary with a series of events that reflect upon the book's significance to Alabama, the South and the nation. Beginning on April 9, 2010, the Alabama Humanities Foundation sponsors a statewide program entitled To Kill A Mockingbird -- Awakening America's Conscience. Reflections on To Kill A Mockingbird (TKAM) will begin on April 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute with a free panel discussion and an art exhibit inspired by the book.

Alabama Humanities FoundationAfter April 14, 2010, the TKAM art exhibit moves to Montgomery's Stonehenge Gallery from May 18 until May 21. On May 22, 2010, from 6 to 9 p.m., the art from the exhibit will be auctioned at Montgomery's Blount Mansion. The film's Mary Badham, who portrayed Scout, will attend the auction. Tickets for the auction are $50 per person. For information about these events or the TKAM anniversary, contact the Alabama Humanities Foundation in Birmingham at 205.558.3980.

Return to the Southern Literary Trail website and this page for information about all anniversary events for To Kill A Mockingbird.

Click here for a schedule of Monroeville's events that celebrate this remarkable anniversary.

  Harper Lee and Gregory Peck, who played Atticus Finch in the film "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Courtesy, MCHM) Monroe County Courthouse and Museum, Monroeville Alabama. The interior courtroom was Harper Lee is present an honorary membership in the Alabama State Bar Association, 2008. (Courtesy, Alabama State Bar Association with photography by Robert Fouts, Fouts Commercial Photography, Montgomery.)  
  Harper Lee and Gregory Peck, who played Atticus Finch in the film "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Courtesy, MCHM).

Monroe County Courthouse and Museum, Monroeville Alabama. The interior courtroom was meticulously re-created in Hollywood for the film version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Courtesy, MCHM).

Harper Lee is presented an honorary membership in the Alabama State Bar Association, 2008. (Courtesy, Alabama State Bar Association with photography by Robert Fouts, Fouts Commercial Photography, Montgomery.)   

 
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