Sallie Gary Holden, of Gulfport, MS, was the guest speaker at the Charleston (MS) Arts Revitalization Effort (CARE) on Tuesday, March 9 in at the CARE Building in Charleston, MS. Holden, who had driven from Gulfport was one of 62 people in attendance that came from as far away as Memphis, TN, Oxford, MS, and Greenwood, MS to view art on sale by Clarkdale, MS artist Kim Wong and learn about a piece of Charleston history.
Holden is the great-granddaughter of Colonel Tom James, a local legend and she told of his life and accomplishments as well as his famous hog, Scissors. Scissors is a part of the area lore and even has a monument erected in his honor in front of his house as you enter town from the west. Scissors was named the world's largest hog two years running in 1917 & 1918. The Memphis Commercial Appeal even wrote of his legend three different times in the 1970's, so great was his fame. The rotund swine weighed in anywhere from 1,250 to 1,800 pounds depending upon what source one asks.
Glenna Callender, the Executive Director of CARE said the event was held to educate residents about its history and heritage as well as promote art from local artists. She deemed the meeting a great success even though she wished more young people had attended. "Charleston is a close-knit town", added the President of CARE, Louanne Cossar. "We are trying to build upon the town's history and success to keep people here and to attract new residents."
For more information, please visit careeffort.com.