Tues, June 1, 2010 Meridian awarded star plaques to representatives of three of her finest writers— Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and William Faulkner. Richelle Putnam, founder of MWG, was presenter. Faulkner was a Pulitzer prize and Nobel prize winner, and Welty and Williams were both recepients of Pulitzer Prizes and Presidential Medals of Freedom. Lt. Governor Phil Bryant was on hand to reiterate one of Mississippi’s promotional themes, “Yes, we can read; and some of us can even write! ” Paul Ott, a Missisisppi entertainer and Marty Stuart, with wife Connie Smith spoke at the ceremony.
The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center Board added their names in stars to the Walk of Fame in front of the beautiful MSU Riley Arts Center. The gold stars were placed on the sidewalk next to those of Jimmie Rodgers and B.B. King, who were added last year.