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About Southern Portraits

This section of GRITS contains resources and projects connected to famous southerners. This collection will grow with contributions from users like you. Please revisit this section of GRITS for periodic updates.


Connected Projects

  • Authors of the Southeast - Ever wonder how an author comes up with an idea for a book? Or, if the characters really existed? Elementary and middle school students will have a chance to ask North Carolina author Gloria Houston these questions and more. Mark your calendar for May 6-17, 2002, to email your questions to the GRITSonline website for Dr. Houston. Prior to that time, have your students read one of her books.
  • Southern Literary Map Project - The six southeastern states are "home" to many literary figures. Participate in the Southern Literary Map Project by submitting an article on a literary figure who was born in your state. Enhance your article with a digital picture, with appropriate crediting to the source
  • Science Adventurers--Time of Their Life - NASA (National Aeronautical and Space Agency) has several homes in the southeast and is home to many astronauts. Yet, the southeastern states are also home to adventurers in many areas of science--from inventors to Nobel Prize winners to discoverers. For the Time of Their Life project, will list science adventurers of the southeast by state and will post submitted student descriptions of the "adventures" experienced by an astronaut, inventor, discoverer, or other scientist.

Portrait Map

Map of Southeastern states

Click on the map to the left to find information on famous people currently living in or native to that state.


  • Center for the Study of Southern CultureThis is the website of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. It provides information and collections related to education and research on the American South.
  • Documenting the American South (DAS)This website, sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.

Last Updated 06/19/02