Monroeville Mourns Passing Of Harper Lee

Today the state and the world lost a fixture in this century’s literature. Harper Lee passed away at the age of 89 in her hometown of Monroeville.

The flag at half staff and black ribbon- tributes in the hometown of Harper Lee.

Lisa Collison said, “There’s a part of me that’s sad but there’s another part of me that’s glad for her that she’s with her family now, that she’s at peace now because she hasn’t really been Harper as everyone knew her from years ago for many years.”

Lisa Collison volunteers at the Monroe County Heritage Museum. It’s the old courthouse that any “To Kill A Mockingbird” fan will recognize right away. The novel’s movie recreation used this as inspiration for the trial scene. Lee’s literary masterpiece brought with it fame that as a private person she shied away from.

Lisa said, I am one of few that can say I did have the opportunity to meet her. So, she was just a very private person. But just an integral part of this community.”

Nathan Carter, Director of Sites said, “She was such a gifted writer. She was a person of incredible intelligence, wit and humor. I think everyday we will be reminded that we lost one of our most important hometown people.”

Relics of her work will serve as a reminder of Harper Lee’s legacy on not only the literary world, but also her hometown.

Lisa said, “Vanity Fair and some of the big companies were here but when all those jobs went to NAFTA and were transferred over across the border, our productions every year of “To Kill A Mockingbird” and just the fact that she made this town famous has allowed us to stay a float where a lot of other communities didn’t have those same opportunities.”

A private life she lived and that’s the way her family hopes to honor her. They will hold a private funeral service in the coming days.

Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

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