New Albany, MS- Famous Mississippi quotes: Oh, my, the things Mississippian’s have said.
The world takes note of the poignant, outrageous, utterly truthful comments made by Mississippians. The recent William Faulkner quote in the Hillary Clinton Concession speech, “They kilt us but they ain’t whipped us yet,” gives rise to the depth and richness of Mississippi culture.
Museum Moments is on Thursday, January 19, at noon. Oxford’s David Crews ( with New Albany roots) discusses his new book about Mississippi quotes, “The Mississippi Book of Quotations.”
As always Museum Moments begins with a light lunch at 11:30. This month’s lunch is provided by The Junta Club, and it’s free and open to the public.
Celebrate Mississippi’s 200th year as a state
Discussing Mississippi quotes is a great way to start the New Year and celebrate Mississippi in its 200th year. Crews’ book brings together the artistry and cadences of the world’s greatest storytellers. It blends powerful observations on love, truth, lies, race, women, war, humor, failure, fear, humility, evil, politics, religion, law, the blues, violence, drinking, death, endurance, and sacrifice the wide breadth of themes and emotions that make up life well lived and poorly lived.
Crews compiled this collection of quotations from, and about, Mississippi. The volume, called enriching, inspiring, and outrageous, includes quotations from writers, musicians, sports heroes, civil rights icons, and everyday Mississippians.
Searing insights, homespun wisdom, banal absurdities, and raucous humor are found from more than 250 observers, including Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Fannie Lou Hamer, Oprah Winfrey, Elvis Presley, Archie Manning, Morgan Freeman, and John Grisham. As Crews says in his introduction to the book, “Mississippi, a fiercely complex land, is both mesmerizing and baffling.”
Our country’s most impoverished state is undeniably our richest when it comes to writing, lyrics, and stories. “The Mississippi Book of Quotations” brings the best of these in a volume sure to be a treasure for Mississippians. Mark Salzman, bestselling author of Iron & Silk, expressed a wish that this collection finds its way into every public and private library, digital reading device, and bathroom in America.
“Mississippians have always had a way with words, and David Crews has captured some of the best. This is Mississippi’s answer to Bartlett’s, except a lot more fun to read and less pretentious. Reading “The Mississippi Book of Quotations” is like having a Who’s Who of Mississippians over for dinner and getting to hear them utter their most memorable words,” said Charles Overby, Former Chairman & CEO of the Freedom Forum.
The museum is located at 114 Cleveland Street in New Albany. For more information, call 662-538-0014.
Jill N. Smith
Union County Heritage Museum