“Soldiers, Saints and Sinners” tells stories of West Tennessee
Alexander to sign new book April 7
BROWNSVILLE TN (March 28, 2016):
Civil War soldiers and a sniper, a con artist posing as a Baptist preacher, an aviator and his pet lion; all are characters who laughed, cried and shaped the history of West Tennessee. These stories, as told by Harbert Alexander Sr., are compiled into his latest book entitled “Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Stories of Long Ago.” Alexander will share some of these stories and sign books Thursday, April 7, 4-6 p.m., at the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville.
“I hope you’ll come away with something new to think about,” says Alexander of his book, “and perhaps you’ll reach the last page and say ‘Well, I never knew that.'”
Alexander takes you from pioneer days to more recent times in his unique storytelling fashion. Historic figures such as doctors, entrepreneurs, game wardens, football coaches and musicians fill the pages. These characters helped shape the history of West Tennessee and in some instances the nation and world.
Alexander is a Jackson, Tenn., native who has spent a large portion of his life in the banking industry but always had a knack for history and storytelling. He served as the Madison County Historian for 23 years and has authored three other books: Autumn Memories: Recollections of Fall Days Afield, Old Trails and Tales of Tennessee and Tales of Madison: Historical Sketches on Jackson and Madison County, Tennessee. He is also active in historic preservation and has been an amateur archaeologist for more than 50 years.
This is a free event and the public is invited to attend. Books will be available for purchase. For more information, contact the Center at 731-779-9000 or email [email protected].
About the Center: The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the history and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and “wild” Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also located on the grounds is Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. To learn more about the Center, visit www.westtnheritage.com or call 731-779-9000.