New book on “Columbus” tells history of city through photographs

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Columbus from local author Mona K. Vance. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library will host a book signing on Thursday October 13th from 4-6pm in the Meeting Room.  Author and library archivist Mona K. Vance will be there to discuss the book and sign copies.

Chartered in 1821, Columbus, Mississippi, was originally part of Monroe County. With the signing of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek nine years later, Columbus found itself in the newly formed Lowndes County. The name Columbus was given to the settlement by Silas McBee as early as 1819.

Columbus has been a pioneer in many areas: the first public school in Mississippi, Franklin Academy; the first public college for women in the country, Industrial Institute and College (now Mississippi University for Women); and the first celebration of Decoration Day (now Memorial Day). Columbus even served as the state capital in 1865 when Union forces occupied Jackson during the Civil War.

Columbus is also the birthplace of several national figures, such as playwright Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams (1911–1983); boxer Henry Jackson Jr., or Henry Armstrong, (1912–1988); Walt Disney artist Joshua Meador (1911–1965); and sports announcer Walter Lanier “Red” Barber (1908–1992).

All of the photographs included in the book are housed in the Billups-Garth Archives at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.

The softcover book consists of 128 pages and costs $21.99. 

To find out more about purchasing the book at the library or about the library book signing call 662-329-5300.

The book will be available at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library as well as area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at or (888)-313-2665. 

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.

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