Eudora Welty gets first marker on Mississippi writers trail

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Gov. Phil Bryant, right, and author Eudora Welty niece Mary Alice Welty White, second from right, admire the inaugural Mississippi Writers Trail marker honoring Welty in Jackson, Miss., Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. The celebrated writer was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Presidential Medal of Freedom and the French Legion of Honor. Welty typically drew upon her native state for the settings of her fiction and photography. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi has markers noting a blues trail, a country music trail, a civil rights trail and even an Indian mound trail. Now, with the dedication of a marker to author Eudora Welty, the state is starting a writer’s trail.

Gov Phil Bryant and National Endowments for the Humanities Chairman Jon Parrish Peede dedicated the first marker Monday at Welty’s Jackson home. Also present were relatives of the late Welty.

A writer of novels and short stories, Welty died in 2001 at 92. She produced a body of work heavily influenced by Mississippi, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Optimist’s Daughter.

Welty was also noted for her photography of rural Mississippi during the Great Depression.

The writers trail is planned to span notable sites related to authors across Mississippi.

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