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Eudora was born on 741 North Congress Street, a house that no longer stands but still pays tribute to the author on the grounds of her birthplace as The Welty Commons. The Commons is comprised of Congress Street Coffee and the Tattered Pages Book Store as well as other buildings that house an art gallery and event spaces. The Commons’ promotes Mississippi literary, visual, dance and musical arts. The house in which Welty was born was a two-story Victorian home that is no longer standing. The family lived there until 1925, when she was 16. If you're a fan of Welty's 1984 memoir, "One Writer's Beginnings," this is the house that figures in so many of those early stories being the one in which she learned to love reading and where her writer's imagination was aroused.
Now The Commons at Eudora Welty's Birthplace, this expansive space with a total of 3 buildings has regular arts and music events open to the public. Visitors can sit in the courtyard and explore the large Welty sculpture on the grounds or sit at the writers table where wooden carvings of Welty, Faulkner and Richard Wright stand.
Grab a cup of joe and a pastry treat at Congress Street Coffee and browse the shelves at Tattered Pages Bookstore. A must-stop for all book lovers. A diverse selection of books are available, ranging Southern history and literature, with a special emphasis on Mississippi authors and Mississippi-related books.
Special events such as weddings, parties, musical and art shows are held here. Contact The Commons for more details.
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