The Return of a Legend: by Morgan Gates
Meshea likes to list “all the pies she has her fingers in” on her blog posts. This is all well and good although I suspect she will have to kick off her shoes and start sticking toes in as well pretty soon. Me, I’m not so big into listing all the things I’m involved in, though I have quite a few. One I am going to crow about today is my association with the Old Courthouse Museum, one of the preeminent landmarks of Vicksburg and home of the Warren County Historical Society. I am on the Advisory Board for the Old Courthouse and therefore I am proud to say I am associated with a man who is living legend in the Vicksburg/Warren Area. Gordon Cotton, the former curator, is a noted author of all thing historic in and around this town. I’m pretty sure even he does not know how many books and articles he has written about life in and around this area from the first settlers right down to modern times. God himself only knows how many lives this man has touched in a positive way. Gordon is no spring chicken anymore he just celebrated his 81st birthday, but his mind is still sharp and he still works part time at the museum a couple of days a week. Gordon has been largely retired from writing for quite a while but in honor of Mississippi’s Bicentennial of Statehood this year he has agreed to return to the type writer (he doesn’t “do” computers) to write a series about early Warren County residents. The stories have been electronically translated by Jordan Rushing a OCH staff member and a budding historian himself and I am proud to help share these stories via Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg. Today’s installment has to do with some of this county’s very first inhabitants and the earliest European visitors to this area. So click the link above and Enjoy!
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