Richard Wright marker is not ‘unfortunate’

Published 8:33 pm Friday, March 6, 2020

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Re: Opinion by Richard S. Dryer about Richard Wright Marker published Feb. 5:

“An opinion is that exercise of the human will which helps us to make a decision without information.”

“Today’s Thought” from John Erskin published on this page Feb. 18

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In Richard Wright’s honor is a marker on U.S. 84 in Adams County, a marker on the bluff in Natchez in Adams County and a portrait among the most noted in Jackson. The result of intelligent research, Cranfield Road is the area in which Richard Wright’s family resided and still does. The road is in Adams County with a “Roxie” mailing address.

Residents pay property and road privilege taxes in Adams County.

Maybe this young black child (back then) may have been turned away from the public library.

It is very commendable he went on to see one of his books on the self of that library.

In Richard’s memory now is a library in Mississippi, the Richard Wright Bench at Fort Greene Park in New York, his papers at Yale, New Haven, at the Beinecke Library and Chicago, Memphis and Paris, per his daughter, Julia Wright of Paris.

A quote from Jerry W. Ward Jr., Dillard University in New Orleans: “Even from another world, Mississippi’s Native Son has audible authority in the world in which we inhabit.”

The “markers” are not unfortunate.

Lillie Wright Fleming is a Wright family member.