Born and Bred in a... snap bean farm
July 7, 2011 1:50 PM Subscribe
The Wren's Nest
posted by Maaik (19 comments total)
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, so named for the birds that took up residence in the mailbox, is the former home of author Joel Chandler Harris
, the man behind the Uncle Remus tales
. Located on the west side of Atlanta, the house--now a museum
--was neglected, in disrepair and in debt until 2006, when Harris' great-great-great-grandson Lain Shakespeare
took over as executive director.
In the five years since then, the house has been restored
, the museum is a viable enterprise, and the entire operation has been revitalized with weekly storytelling
, a publishing company for young writers
, savvy use
of social media
and a campaign to honestly confront
the misconceptions and racial stereotypes
surrounding Harris, the house, and his Uncle Remus character.
Today, Shakespeare announced he was stepping down from his position.