Mississippi Writers Trail Unveils Marker Honoring Tennessee Williams
Jackson, Mississippi — October 17, 2019 — The Mississippi Writers Trail celebrated the literary legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams on Thursday with the unveiling of a marker in Clarksdale.
The Tennessee Williams marker is located in front of the Cutrer Mansion at 109 Clark St.
“It’s a testament to the lasting legacy of Tennessee Williams that fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Mississippian Beth Henley was on hand to unveil his Clarksdale marker,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray. “The influence of Mississippi on Williams and countless other writers lives on in their works and are now commemorated with the Mississippi Writers Trail.”
Born in Columbus, Miss., in 1911, Tennessee Williams moved with his mother and father to Clarksdale shortly after his birth. Clarksdale had a lasting impact on Williams and directly inspired some of the playwright’s most notable works including “Summer and Smoke,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Orpheus Descending.” His other works were filled with Mississippi Delta-inspired characters – most notably “The Glass Menagerie” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” He is considered one of the foremost American playwrights of all time alongside Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller. He died in 1983.
The Mississippi Writers Trail is an initiative of the Mississippi Arts Commission, in partnership with Visit Mississippi, Community Foundation for Mississippi, Mississippi Book Festival, Mississippi Humanities Council, Mississippi Department of Archives and History and Mississippi Library Commission. The trail will span the state and highlight notable places that helped shape some of the world’s most acclaimed authors’ lives and influenced their renowned works.