- May 12, 2017
- 4:00 pm
- Barristers Hall (133 N Madison St) & Historic Kosciusko Square
From 4:00-6:00pm at Barrister’s Hall, we will be celebrating our wonderful hometown, home state, and some influential individuals who have called both their home.
Cavaliers Remixed, Kosciusko natives, will be playing a live show downtown from 6:00-8:00pm.
The evening’s special guests, all with roots in Kosciusko, who are making their homecoming:
*James Meredith – Civil rights icon who was the first African-American student to attend Ole Miss
*Clarence Harmon – NFL running back who starred at Mississippi State. Super Bowl XVII champion.
*Topher Payne – Award-winning and acclaimed playwright who was the 2014 recipient of the M. Elizabeth Osborn Award for best new play by an emerging playwright.
*John Floyd – Author of more then 1000 published short stories, articles, poems, and essays. 2007 recipient of Derringer Award for short mystery fiction, and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize.
*Kaye Monroe Johnson – Poet whose signature work is “Mississippi … It’s a Feeling!” For the state’s bicentennial, Johnson penned poems entitled “Happy Birthday Mississippi” and “Kosciusko,” plus the lyrics to a jingle entitled “Mississippi.”
*Jeffery Moore – NFL running back who starred at Jackson State. His six-year career included time with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Washington.
*Kenneth Townsend – Assistant professor of political science at Millsaps College. Rhodes Scholar who holds degrees from Yale and Oxford.
*Stanley & Beth Hartness – In addition to their significant involvement in the community, including within the medical community, the Hartnesses help power the Friends of L.V. Hull Foundation, which seeks to preserve the Kosciusko-based artist’s unique art form.
*Wayne Jones – Star running back for Mississippi State who has held various rushing records at the university. Selected in the sixth round of 1975 NFL Draft by the New York Jets and played for the Jacksonville Sharks of the World Football League.
Also happy to be showcasing some talented individuals from our community: Jewette Battles, Charlie Davis, Betty Ferguson, Taft Hawthorne, Henry & Terry Jones, and Offie Oakes