July 23, 2001: Beloved author Eudora Welty, who gained worldwide praise for her work, dies at the age of 92.
Welty was born and raised in Jackson, and she wrote many of her stories on a typewriter in her home on Pinehurst Street in Belhaven. That house is now a National Historic Landmark and is open for tours and special events.
Welty won the Pulitzer Prize for The Optimist's Daughter in 1973. It was among the most significant of many accolades she received over the years. All the while, she remained humble and enjoyed the company of fellow writers and friends who stimulated her interest in the arts and current events.
A couple of days after her death, Welty's body lay in repose at the Old Capitol in Jackson so her many friends, neighbors and admirers could pay their respects. She is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson.
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