Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating the Mississippi Hall of Fame portrait unveiling of playwright Tennessee Williams in Jackson’s Old Capitol Museum are members of Clarksdale’s Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival sponsored by Coahoma Community College including (from left) State Rep. Olando Paden, D-Clarksdale; Florence Lucas, CCC’s Federal Programs assistant director; Glynda Duncan and Wanda Lee, CCC English faculty; Dr. Vivian Presley, former CCC president; and Jen Waller, director of the Coahoma County Higher Education Center/Cutrer Mansion.
CLARKSDALE – The official Mississippi Hall of Fame portrait of famed author and playwright Tennessee Williams was unveiled last week in Jackson, and members of Coahoma Community College's Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival Committee were there to witness it.
Although Williams was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001, his portrait didn’t join the collection until Tuesday, March 29. A van of CCC faculty and staff traveled to the state Old MS State Capitol for the prestigious event, attended by state officials and William enthusiasts.
Former CCC President Dr. Vivian Presley, who inaugurated Clarksdale's first Tennessee Williams Festival in Clarksdale in 1993, was invited to unveil the portrait, completed by Artist Will Smith Jr.
Also attending the event were Florence Lucas, assistant director of federal programs; CCC English Instructors Wanda Lee and Glynda Duncan; and Jen Waller, director of the Coahoma County Higher Education Center.
During the visit, former CCC staffer and State Rep. Orlando Paden fellowshipped with the group.
In addition, committee members spoke with Mississippi Department of Archives and History officials, including former MS Governor William Winter and longtime director Elbert Hilliard.