Happy Birthday to Richard Wright!
Born on Rucker Plantation in Roxie, Mississippi, Richard Wright was the grandson of a slave and is now remembered for his now timeless works of Southern literature, including “Black Boy” and “Native Son.” Detailing the African American experience, his work was an important part of the discussion on race relations in the mid-20th century.
The house where Wright spent his childhood with his grandparents is located in Natchez’s Woodlawn neighborhood and contains a historical marker out front. The highway leading to the home is also named in his honor and marks the start of the Natchez Trace. The Deep South’s “native son” and author would have been 104 today.
To find out more about Wright and his childhood home, download the Deep South Literary Trail App. We’ve also got a special story in honor of Wright in Southern Voice today – “Storm Warnings” by Ronald M. Gauthier, who is working on a collection of short stories that all relate to Wright and his work.