This cemetery angel in Clarksdale, Mississippi is said by locals to be the inspiration for the angel fountain in Tennessee Williams’ play, SUMMER AND SMOKE, which was set in a Mississippi Delta town, “in a year shortly before the first World War”. Williams moved to Clarksdale with his mother, sister, and grandparents in 1917, the year he turned 6 years old. Previously, the family had lived in his birthplace of Columbus, Mississippi as well as Nashville, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi. This film will tell the story of Williams’ years in Clarksdale, as well as his connections to other towns in Mississippi and the Delta, and how frequently Mississippi and its people ended up in his plays, poems, and stories.
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