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Too Much History to “Miss.’

Lauren Herbstritt, director of annual giving and alumni affairs at UT Knoxville’s College of Law, sent this photo taken in front of playwright Tennessee Williams’ house in Columbus, Miss.

“A few notable things about Columbus,” she wrote. “It has the most antebellum homes on the National Historic Registry in the country. 

“It is also the birthplace of Memorial Day.  Four young women went to Friendship Cemetery and decorated both the confederate and union soldiers’ graves. The union soldiers have since been moved up north, but the compassionate act is remembered each year with a candlelight tour of the cemetery. 

“Columbus, Miss., is also home to Mississippi University for Women, the first, public all-women college in the nation.”

Herbstritt and her husband, Chris, a 2004 graduate of UT Knoxville’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resource, visited Columbus for the annual Market Street Festival.



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