Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Joel Chandler Harris’ hometown of Eatonton, GA.
This is Brer Rabbit in front of the Uncle Remus Museum, a few blocks south of the main square. His head is kind of funny-shaped, like a cobra’s.
The Uncle Remus Museum is also kind of funny. The museum is more or less two former slave cabins attached to one another. It’s supposed to be a cabin that Uncle Remus would have lived in (or told stories in) had he not been so darn fictional.
Admission is $1. This executive director thinks it’s well-worth the fee.
Up the road a piece is the town square, where a very similar, less filthy Brer Rabbit lives.
This was where we found out that I am taller than Salman Rushdie.
So I’ve got that going for me.
About twenty miles north of Eatonton is Madison, Georgia. Madison is home to beautiful antebellum homes that were spared during the Civil War. Madison is also home to a few monuments to Brer Rabbit and his Critter friends.
These guys used to be at Lenox Square. They were created in
the 1960s 1959, and my mom got the day off school to help unveil them.
They were moved here, to the headquarters of the Uncle Remus Regional Library System, when they built a new parking deck at Lenox. Or so I’m told.