Nothing like a small college town (remember how fun Marrietta, Ohio was way back on Day 4 Sept 6?)
We’re spending 3 nights here (and maybe, hopefully, getting out of the pack of boats we were bound up with earlier in the week). So we’ve rented a car to tour around a bit. We remain in Mississippi (always fun to spell!!) which is why I wonder why the original founders of Columbus thought they were Alabamans?!?! Apparently it took a few decades for them to realize they were actually in Mississippi and then all sorts of legal petitions had to be done to get the mailing addresses and naming all straightened out.
Regardless of the state, glad we are in Columbus because it is notable for several things:
Home of TWO Pulitzer Prize Winners: Eudora Welty (The Optimist’s daughter) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2avAy2rx7Ds and Tennessee Williams (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Streetcar Named Desire, etc) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=763wrhAthqE . Per capita, I’m not sure any other city can make that claim?!?
Home of Memorial Day:
Late in April 1866 (or so), some women gathered here to take flowers over to the Friendship Cemetery and put them on BOTH the Union AND the Confederate soldiers buried there. Word of the concept spread to the North and soon it was a copied and then eventually became a national event. See poem The Blue and the Gray by Francis Miles Finch http://www.riehlife.com/2009/08/31/civil-war-poem-the-blue-and-the-gray-by-francis-miles-finch/
Here’s Friendship Cemetery (altho only white folks are buried here… not very in-line w/ it’s name.)
Here’s the cemetery for the African-Americans about a mile out of town:
Home of Henry Armstrong: First boxer to hold world championships in 3 different divisions at the same time
First public college for women (didn’t sound too southern of an idea to me….so maybe I need to re-think MY thoughts! Welll..unless the curriculum was limited to darning socks, etc) (it’s co-ed as of 1980’s, btw)
We actually ate out TWICE in one day! One of the good things about the boat is we don’t get stuck eating in icky restaurants and instead we get all our good salads, veggies and grilling every day…..but a college town usually has some pretty good spots and we were not disappointed!