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THE SOUTHERN LITERARY TRAIL connects southern places in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi that inspired great American writers to create classic fiction and plays. The inspiration continues. Every two years, the Trail's organizers host Trailfest, the only tri-state literary festival in the United States with free events, theatrical performances and heritage tours. Trailfest returns in 2015.

The Scottsboro Boys Photo Exhibit: Outside the Protective Circle of Humanity

"The Scottsboro Boys: Outside The Protective Circle of Humanity"In 1931, the Scottsboro Boys were tried in Decatur, Alabama. The trial became one of the most racially charged and regrettable events of the 20th Century, influencing generations of American writers such as Ralph Ellison ("The Invisible Man"). Fred Hiroshige was a Decatur photographer of Japanese American heritage who took an extensive series of photographs during Defense Attorney Samuel Liebowitz with Haywood Patterson, one of the nine Scottsboro Boys (Morgan Co. Archives)the course of the trial.

The Morgan County, Alabama, Archives purchased nearly two hundred negatives from the Hiroshige estate in 1995. Most of his photographs are being seen for the first time in this groundbreaking exhibition. The Southern Literary Trail supports this exhibit curated by one of the Trail's Alabama Directors, Carol Puckett, with the support of the Morgan County Archives and its archivist John Allison. For information and bookings of the exhibit, call John Allison at the Morgan County Archives in Decatur, Alabama, at 256.351.4726.

Apply now for the Lillian E. Smith Writer-in-Service Award

Lillian E. SmithTrail writer Lillian E. Smith (1897-1966) wrote and spoke out for rational thinkers who were becoming increasingly aware of the urgent need for social change. The Georgia native decided she was in the right time and place to speak courageously against segregation. She championed the cause of desegregation with her writing and creative vision as tools for change. The Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts operated by Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, sponsors the Writer-in-Service Award that includes a two week residency at the Center, a $500 honorarium, and a $300 travel allowance. Applications for the Award are due on April 1, 2014. Click here for applications and information or visit the LES Center website at

"Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," NEH Film Series

From the Jim Peppler Collection at the Alabama Department of Archives and HistoryThe Carson McCullers Center of Columbus, Georgia, supports a civil rights film series sponsored by the Columbus State University Department of History and Geography and made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative. Entitled Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, the series features a film showing every third Tuesday of each month through April 22, 2014, at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, or the Liberty Theatre, 813 8th Avenue. Film titles include “Slavery by Another Name” (2/18/14), “Freedom Riders” (3/18/14) and “The Loving Story” (4/22/14) and begin at 7 p.m. Eastern. For more information, call the History Department at 706.507.8357 or visit

The 11th Annual Mississippi Delta Cultural Tour

Delta Tour members at the gravesite of William Alexander Percy and Leroy Percy in Greenville, Ms., 2011.The Mississippi Delta Cultural Tour is now reserving places for its exploration into the rich literary, cultural and musical heritage of 10 or more Delta towns from May 21 to 24, 2014. The literary experiences featured by the tour are accented by Southern dining at Greenwood’s Delta Bistro and the famous Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville, among other legendary restaurants. Stops are also made along Mississippi’s Blues Trail including the B.B. King Museum and one of the last remaining Delta jukes, Po’ Monkey’s Juke Joint. The Clarksdale highlights include Cutrer Mansion, considered to be the model for Belle Reve tragically lost to creditors by Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’s “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Only 40 spots are available at $600.00 per person which does not include lodging offered at the Alluvian in downtown Greenwood at special Delta Tour rates. For more information, call Jimmy Thomas (Ole Miss) at 662-915-3374 or email him at

F. Scott Fitzgerald - His Montgomery, Al., home with wife Zelda is a Trail destination. (Portrait by Maralyn Wilson)GALLERY OF WRITERS

Birmingham, Alabama, artist Maralyn Wilson has created encaustic portraits of the Trail's writers that capture both their mystery and their "luminosity." From here, view the series and navigate pentimento.

Photo at Right: F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose Montgomery, Al., home with wife Zelda is a Trail destination. (Portrait by Maralyn Wilson)


Interviews and Tours (Pictured: Joel Vig)   2007 Hellman Wyler Festival   2011 Trailfest Posters   Trailfest 2013
Interviews and Tours   2007 Hellman Wyler Festival   2011 Trailfest Posters   Trailfest 2013
"Exposures and Reflections,"  An Exhibit of Eudora Welty's Photographs   Capote 1966   Zelda Fitzgerald's Paperdoll Paintings at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2011  
"Exposures and Reflections," An Exhibit of Eudora Welty's Photographs   Capote 1966   Zelda Fitzgerald's Paperdoll Paintings at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2011   50th anniversary of the film "To Kill a Mockingbird"
(Photo courtesy of Monroe County Heritage Museums)
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Clarksdale: Tennessee Williams
Columbus: Tennessee Williams
Eudora Welty
Como: Stark Young
Greenville: Walker Percy
Shelby Foote
Jackson: Eudora Welty
Richard Wright
Margaret W. Alexander
Natchez: Richard Wright
New Albany: Borden Deal
William Faulkner
Oxford: William Faulkner
Demopolis: Lillian Hellman
Hartselle: William Bradford Huie
Mobile: Eugene Walter
William March
Albert Murray
Monroeville: Truman Capote
Harper Lee
Montgomery: Zelda S. Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tuskegee: Ralph Ellison
Albert Murray
Atlanta: Margaret Mitchell
Joel Chandler Harris
Blairsville: Byron Herbert Reece
Clayton: Lillian Smith
Columbus: Carson McCullers
Milledgeville: Flannery O’Connor
Alice Walker
Moreland: Erskine Caldwell
Savannah: Flannery O’Connor