Mississippi Matinee an Exhibition of the State and the Silver Screen
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Introduction: James Street(2)
Street also wrote a series of four bestselling novels that followed one Mississippi family over the span of a century.  In the second volume, Tap Roots, the author incorporated a true episode from Mississippi's Civil War history -- Jones County's attempted secession from the Confederacy as the "Free State of Jones."  Starring Van Heflin, Susan Hayward, and Boris Karloff, the 1948 film Tap Roots premiered in Laurel, Street's hometown and the seat of Jones County.
On display is a revised screenplay for the 1956 movie Good-bye, My Lady, which appeared on cinematic screens two years after the book's publication and the author's death.  Yet another story about a boy and his hunting dog, the film's director was William A. Wellman and its cast includes Walter Brennan and Sidney Poitier.

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