Choctaw Gardens

This appeared in the Jackson Free Press - October 25, 2012

Hilda Stuart, photographer and mother of Mississippi music icon Marty Stuart, has been documenting the life around her since she was 16 years old. Choctaw Gardens, published by The Nautilus Publishing Company, is a collection of Stuart’s black and white and color photographs beginning with her images in and around her home in Neshoba County. A central thread in her book is family as she followed a young Marty Stuart as he came of age as a one of country music's stars and keepers of the tradition. In partnership with Lemuria Books and The Nautilus Publishing Company, the Museum is pleased to host Hilda Stuart, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, and others for a night celebrating Choctaw Gardens. A selection of Stuart’s photographs will be on view during the evening. The program also includes a discussion with photographer Hilda Stuart, her son Marty Stuart, and Tom Rankin, and a book signing by Lemuria Books. The evening will conclude with a very special and rare performance by Grand Ole Opry stars Marty Stuart and Connie Smith. Open to the public.

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