On this day in Alabama history: Author Viola Goode Liddell died

On this day in Alabama history: Author Viola Goode Liddell died
The book cover of "Grass Widow: Making My Way in Depression Alabama," a memoir by Alabama author Viola Goode Liddell published by the University of Alabama Press in 2004. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of the University of Alabama Press)

May 16, 1998

A resident of Alabama’s Black Belt nearly all her life, Viola Goode Liddell recounted the stories of many Wilcox County residents, including her own, in three memoirs. She was born in 1901 and died May 16, 1998. She studied at Judson College in Marion and lived briefly in New Mexico before returning home to Camden, where she started teaching and resumed writing. Her first book, “With a Southern Accent,” (1948) tells of her youth in Gastonburg. A second memoir, “A Place of Springs,” (1979) chronicles the struggles of the Black Belt during the Great Depression and the turbulence of the civil rights era through the eyes of Camden residents. Her final memoir, “Grass Widow: Making My Way in Depression Alabama,” was published posthumously in 2004 and tells of her early years in Camden and her relationship with her husband.

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