If you read a child a story, she’ll ask for another book.
At least that’s what locals in the book business are hoping comes from the Downtown Story Walk running through February.
Leslie Junkin said she knows of a child who, when his school shut down due to the pandemic last year, thought he must have done something wrong.
The child is a special education student at his school, and his favorite thing to do every morning is ride the bus. His parents couldn’t explain to him that the bus wasn’t coming because of a deadly virus.
In the passenger seat of his grandma’s car, “Scoob” Lamar leaned back, closed his eyes and sighed.
Lamar had just seen a road sign that read “WELCOME TO ALABAMA THE BEAUTIFUL.” That sign, he thought, was beautiful.
A customary stillness at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library gave way to some hustle and bustle Monday morning. Christmas was in the air.
The coffins, made of pine, are decayed by time and clay soil. Simple wooden crosses thought to have marked each burial site have long since disintegrated. The mostly anonymous graves — as many as 7,000 of them — represent the final resting place of inhabitants who died at the Mississippi Insane Asylum in Jackson between 1855 and 1935 and were interred at the Asylum Hill Cemetery.
The photographic negative Mona Vance-Ali held in her hand was stiff and crinkled, tinted bright blue from chemical off-gassing.
She said it was from around the 1940s or ’50s. Nearly 70 years after it was made, on Wednesday at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, the image wasn’t even visible.
For more than four decades, Carl Eugene Brown (1918-1998) was a recorder of history in Lowndes County and its surrounds. Frame by frame, he photographed community celebrations, grand openings, recitals, animals, businesses, proms, plays and portraits — the milestones and the everyday.
The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System is hosting a presentation titled “Nursing Care in the 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic” by Deanne Stephens on May 7 at noon in honor of National Nurses Week.
As the beam from his flashlight fell on the damage, Johnny Johnson’s heart sank as he walked through drizzle, debris and darkness toward Hunt School. Just hours earlier, an EF-3 tornado had hit Columbus, leaving its destructive mark on neighborhoods and structures including the school on 20th Street North — and the R.E. Hunt Museum and Cultural Center housed inside.
A spring exhibit of colorful quilts will fill the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library this month and next.