Between 1917 and 1932, young Tom "Tennessee" Williams lived with, and then regularly visited his grandparents in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where his grandfather Walter E. Dakin was rector of St. George's Episcopal Church.
Williams was deeply influenced by the Mississippi Delta, and featured Clarksdale people, places, and stories in some of his most famous plays, including THE GLASS MENAGERIE, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, SUMMER AND SMOKE, and ORPHEUS DESCENDING.
The museum is housed in the four upstairs bedrooms in the former rectory of St. George's Episcopal church, once occupied by Williams and his family.
Your tax-deductible donation of any size will help us share the museum with artists, students, teachers, and theater and history fans.
The museum was made possible by generous donations from current and former Clarksdale and Mississippi resisdents; theater artists, educators and fans; and the estate of Tennessee Williams.
Theater artists Robert Cuccioli, Michael Mastro, Charles Michel, Austin Pendleton, and Laila Robins performed or taught at fundraisers, and galas were hosted by Eva Connell and Bill and Francine Luckett.
ARCHANGELS $1,000+ | Nandita Chandra, Eva Connell, Jack Denton, Dr. Colby, Kullman, Bill & Francine Luckett, Richard MacDonald, Julie Nelson, The University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee.
ANGELS $500-$999 | Trish Denton, Erma Duricko, Harry & Lassie Flowers, Melanie Gretchen, Sue Anne Hughes, Richard & Barbara Kohlhaas, Jennie & Rives Neblett, Daniel and Florence Clark Riffe, Shelia and Ted Roberts Roberts, Tim & Meri Tehnet
PATRONS $100-$499| Anonymous, Anonymous, Ann Abadie, Patricia Anderson, Marne Anderson and Charles Warner, Mark Armstrong, Kathe Baer, Robert Clay Ballard, Dr. Jack Barbera, Alice & Victor Barbieri, Brooke Bassin, Robert Bella, Becky Bobo, Adela Bolet, Carole Brent, Judith Brown, Andy Carr, Cosmin Chivu, Hilda Gates Clark, Janula Davis Clark, Jan Clark, Rebecca Cole, Tom & Marjorie Cooper, David & Sandra Dezwaan, Tom Donaghy, Delaine Douglas, Drama, Inc of Atlanta, Roselyn Dulaney, Sarah Eckhardt, Brad Engle, Kathryn Erbe, Susan & Bowen Flowers, Nancy Foley, Allen Frame, Penny Frazer, Willis Frazer, Jean Garner, Lyn Gates, Bill Gresham, Alex Halpern and Caryn Horowitz , Rachel Hamilton, Steven Hawley, Timothy Hayes, Goldie & George Hirsberg, Kenneth Holditch, Betty Hood, Rachel Lynn Jackson, Patty Johnson, Charles & Susan Kelly, Kevin Kennison, Karen Kohlhaas, Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz, Johnny Laney, Charles Langford, Joe and Lucie Lee Lanoux, Jeremy Lawrence, Mike and Pauline Lewis, David and Chris Lindsay-Abaire, Craig Lucas, Caroline Luft, Jodie Markell, Cheri & Chris Marley, Panny Mayfield, Mary McCann, Louise & Dr. Robert Ray McGee, Randy McHaney, Nathan & Stephanie McMullen, Johnny & Susan McPhail, Charles & Peachy Melancon, Charlie & Brooke Merkel, Ashley & Duncan Moore, Evangeline Morphos, Tim & Amy Morris, Bridget Nason, Andrea Navedo Pietronuto, Bubba O'Keefe, Susan Carr Oppenheimer, Janice Orlandi, Diane Orr, Pamela Osowski, Chris Papavsiliou, Christian Parker, Molly Pearson, Paul Pearson and Jen Waller, Neil Pepe, Lori Ramos, Joyce Redmond, Lisa Refailov, Rosalind Rita, Shelley Ritter, Joseph Rodriguez, John & Sarah Ruskey, Stella Salmon, Rolando Sanchez, Linda Schmitz, Jon Shaver, Cynthia and Matt Silver, Walt Spangler, Tim and Judy Stevens, Marilyn Trainor Storey, Cynthia L. Straus, Bill Talbot, Mary Thompson, Lucy Thurber, Rob Tyner, Alex Volckhausen, Laura Walberg, Debbie Watson, Sherrye Williams, Ann Williams, Anne Wrider, Perri Yaniv, Michael Yawney
FRIENDS $25-$99 | Kathryn Alexander, Thomas Anawalt, Jessica Appel, Orissa Arend and Richard Saxer, Xena Badillo, Malcolm Bailey, Les Baird, Michael and Danette Banks, Carol Beaugard, Kelly Bergin, Charles Black, Joanne Blue, Alexandra Bonesho, Boockvoor Productions, Nick Brooks, J.D. Brookshire, Deloss Brown, Zack Buell, Josephine Cashman, David Caudle, Charlie Chan, Amanda Courtney Clark, Sean Cleary, Robin Colonus, Connecting Talent Company, Ted and Kelly Connell, Ginger Cooke, Samantha Cooper, Thomas Corbisiero, Janet Coursin, Margaret Curry, Amy D'Aulerio, Daigle Daigle, Langston Darby, Jennifer Dean, Dominic DeJoseph, Natasha Demosthene, Debra Dezaray, Valerie Stack Dodge, Andrei Drooz, James Duff, Glynda Duncan, Emilee Dupre, Kori Edens, Barnaby Edwards, Els Eijssens, Maureen Empfield, Brad Engle, Harvey Fiser, Richard Fisher, Broderick Fox, Sat Charn Fox, Joseph Franchini, Amanda Turner Freeman, Anthony Gabriele, David and Michelle Gallagher, Jean Garner, Lori Garrabrant, Jamahl Garrison-Lowe, James Gavin, Regina Gibson, Tracey Gilbert, Irene Glezos, Jackson Goldberg, Steven Goldstein, Lisa Goodman, Pamela Grayson, Amy S. Green, Adam Gregory, Dana Gurrieri, Jessica Hajdu-Nemeth, Bridgette Hancock, Patricia Hart, Sharlene Hartman, Carol Hickey, Karen Hoffman, Bonny Holmes, Katie Honaker, Billy Howell, Erica Hudson, Greg Hudson, Kimberly Huie, Rachel Jackson, Erin Jerozal, Sarah Rose Kearns, Tessa Keimes-Kim, Maggie Kiley, Joseph Kim, David Kirby, Arielle Beth Klein, Mark and Vanessa Kohlhaas, Dave Konig, Alexandra Kueas, Robert Laconi, Jacquelyn Landgraf, Jessica Latour, Wanda Lee, James Lentini, Anja Limperis, Jon Lonoff, Sonia Lopes, Caroline Luft, Julia Malinovskaya, Guy Malvezzi, Isabella Manganello, Devon Marra, Marlene May, Susan Yandel McKee, Allison McKinney, McVey McVey, Measures for Life, Scott Mendelsohn, Donna Merkel, Michael Miller, Stephanie Miller, Cindy Mitchell, Olivia Mullen, Sylvia Murphey, Neill Myers, Jessica Myhr, Garo Nalbandian, Susan Neuffer, Cynthia Ohanian, Jon Peacock, Patricia Perales, Rosalinda Perron, Josef Podolsky, Sarah Polen, Maria Politano, Denise Pollock, Elle Powell, Mary Anne Prevost, Catherine Pulley, Ken Raboy, Alana Rader, Paula Ralph-Birkett, Gianna Rapp, Madeline Reiss, Kathy Richter, Lady Rizo, William Robinson, Angela Rodriguez, Jessica Rogers, Susan Romanoff, Euphus Ruth, Caroline Ryburn, Laurie Sammeth, Sandford Stokes, John F. Sarno, Jacqueline Schrieber, Nick Shackleford, The Shadow Group LLC, Paula Shannon, Sabra Shelly, Jacqueline Shiel, Michael Siegell, Lisa A. Simmons, Karen Slatten, Becky Smith, Christine Smith, Kris Soponpong, Robin Spielberg, Simone Stadler, Robert Stalder, Anne Stockton, Sandford Stokes, Victor Suthammanont, Lynn Swann Lake, Albert Taylor, Ann Terrail, The Urban Bear, Colette Thomas, Klahr Thorsen, Mary Tierney, Aimee Todoroff, Tristan Tskhvedadze, Allison Turkel, Maggie & Mike Tyner, Rob & Anna Tyner, The Urban Bear, Arden Walentowski, Sondra Ward, Debbie Watson, Isaac Wei, Kim Weild, Katherine Wessling, Welker White, Curtis Wilkie, Burnell Williams, Alysa Wishingrad, Lynda Yacopino, Yiqing Zhao