Monroeville Musings

Driving into Monroeville, Ala., is a little like stepping back in time. The grand courthouse that sits in the center of the town’s square is so beautiful, and so picturesque, it’s no wonder Hollywood came here when preparing to film “To Kill a Mockingbird” to see Harper Lee’s inspiration for themselves.

The courtroom inside the Monroe County Heritage Museum, looks exactly as I expected, but was still awe-inspiring. The rows of pews, the balcony, the tin ceiling. What you see in the movie, which plays on a TV by the grand jury’s seats, was inspired by that upstairs room.

As we here at AHF get ready for our springtime special event, Capote’s Black & White Ball, inspired by Truman Capote’s own 1966 celebration of the publishing of “In Cold Blood,” a trip to Monroeville to see where Harper Lee and Truman Capote began their writing careers was essential. Stay tuned for more info about the springtime event!

Besides Harper Lee and Truman Capote, what other Alabama authors do you enjoy? What is your favorite Truman Capote book or short story?