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Harper Lee's Monroeville to become a tourist destination

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As fans of To Kill a Mockingbird know, Harper Lee based the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama on her own hometown, Monroeville.

Well now, Lee’s lawyer Tonja Carter, in conjunction with George Landegger the Chairman of the Board of Parsons & Whittmore paper mills, are planning to transform the town into a Harper Lee-themed tourist destination, not unlike William Shakespeare’s own birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.

According to the Alabama Media Group’s AL.com, “Harper Lee Trail” will feature attractions based on the late author’s life and her books. There are currently plans to create a museum dedicated to Lee, as well as build replicas of the homes featured within To Kill a Mockingbird.

Currently, the only cultural attraction in Monroeville is the Monroe County Courthouse, which displays several items that are related to Lee. It is also the location where she based the setting of the trial featured within her first (and most iconic) novel. 

Harper Lee was the author of To Kill a Mockingbird and the recent release, Go Set a Watchman

No date has been mentioned for when the project might be complete. 

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