People

Helen Keller and Her Dogs

Tuscumbia, Alabama

“Nobody, who is not blind, as much as they may love their pet, can know what a dog’s love really means”

Kate Freeman Clark: One Woman, Two Lives—and a Thousand Works of Art

Holly Springs, Mississippi

When Kate Freeman Clark died in 1957, few in Holly Springs even remembered she had once been an artist—and then the paintings started showing up

Out of the Miry Clay: The Inspiring Story of Augusta Savage

Green Cove Springs, Florida

With the wet clay she was given, she molded and shaped a life of her own choosing—regardless the accepted societal convention of the day

36,159 Days and Counting: Katherine Johnson and the Math of NASA

Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

When the first US astronaut orbited the earth over a half-century ago, this was the woman who ran the numbers for him to make sure he could get back home

Pencil City USA

Shelbyville, Tennessee

Having stood the tests of time and technology, the good ol’ pencil is here to stay—and this Southern town has long been a primary supplier to America and the world

Alabama’s Gallant Pelham

Jacksonville, Alabama

“He was brave as Caesar and gentle as a girl . . . I never knew a better friend, a braver soldier”

What the South Taught This Yankee

If he or she travels enough or lives long enough in the South, even a Yankee can start to catch on to some of the, ahem, particularities of Southern living

Off the Field and into Eternity: The Legacy of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant (Part Two)

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Jay Paterno remembers his family’s connection with one of the greatest college football coaches of all time and the lasting impression that connection has made

Big Jean’s River Road Re-Mix: The Comeback Kid of Sunflower County

Ruleville, Mississippi

A family-run, home-cookin’, old-fashioned diner is a centerpiece of most Southern towns—thanks to Jean Wilkins, Ruleville has got theirs back

Charles Willson Peale: Artist of the American Revolution

Chester, Maryland

A man of the times, Charles Willson Peale rose from poverty not only to participate in the birth of a nation but to paint its portrait along the way

Alexander Stephens, Vice President to a Failing Nation

Crawfordville, Georgia

Fully supportive of slavery but resistant to secession, Alexander Stephens believed in and fought for a state’s right to both

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part Three

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; Itawamba County, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama

Rebels, musical visionaries, but still country girls at heart, the women who built country music took their own paths to success