Jefferson Art Museum (Location Key)


The museum in Jefferson that the narrator of "Shall Not Perish" and his mother tour before they return to Frenchman's Bend displays "pictures from all over the United States" (110). It's housed in "a house like a church," and inside is "cool and quiet" (111). It's the gift of "an old lady born and raised in Jefferson who died rich somewhere in the North and left some money to the town to build a museum with" (110). Faulkner doesn't give it a name, but models it after the Mary Buie Museum, which opened in Oxford in 1939; Buie, an artist, left her estate and her art collection to the town after her death in 1937. (The museum has been owned and operated by the University of Mississippi since 1974.)

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