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Meridian, the queen that rose up along the banks of Sowashee Creek in a land once home to the Choctaw, first beckoned settlers to its lush green valley in 1831. The town rose to prominence through the visions of Richard McLemore, Lewis A. Ragsdale, and John Ball and was empowered by the arrival of the railway system and later the factories of the manufacturing era. Meridian survived General Sherman's torch and withstood yellow fever, fires, and tornadoes, blossoming into one of the largest and most progressive cities in the state. Home to Naval Air Station Meridian and the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers, the "father of country music," Meridian is the heartbeat of Lauderdale County, with a history that runs as deep as the Mississippi.
ISBN: 9780738591223
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Mississippi
Series: Images of America
Images: 181
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
June Davis Davidson and her husband, Bobby, reside in Lauderdale County. She is on the board of directors for the Mississippi Writers Guild and a member of Mississippi Alliance for the Arts in Education. She was chosen for the Mississippi Arts Commission Teaching Artist workshop in 2009. Her short stories have been published in Pets Across America, volume III, the Magnolia Quarterly, and Gallery of Voices. She is currently writing nonfiction on early rural culture.
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