On Monday, in my 10 on 10 post, I brought you photos from a tour Sweet Husband and I took of the Old Biloxi Cemetery. Because the 10 on 10 post is for 10 photos, I thought I would share the rest of the shots here with you or (Almost) Wordless Wednesday.
Interesting tidbit about the photo and performance below…John Mavar Sr was played by his actual grandson. The Mavars were immigrants from Eastern Europe – at one time wealthy due to productive olive groves, but when the olive trees stopped producing, John made his way to New York on a steam ship shoveling coal. He wasn’t too proud to do the hard work to make a life for himself and his family. He got to the Gulf Coast the same way, and he wound up being one of the founders of Biloxi’s thriving commercial seafood industry. He also believed that it was extremely important to give back to the community and to make the community a better place for all of its members.
John Harkness was a Biloxi architect. He was instrumental in designing some of Biloxi’s most iconic buildings. At the end of his presentation, he happened to mention that we could stop by the visitors center and pick up a map of a walking tour of downtown Biloxi…to see those buildings that he designed and built and that were an integral part of Biloxi’s growth. Like Mavar, he too believed in the importance of civic engagement.
Perhaps my favorite performance of the night came as the portrayal of Joseph Fortune Meyer. Meyer was a world famous potter, and he was the mentor to Biloxi’s “mad potter” George Ohr as well as to Peter Anderson (my mother-in-law and I attended the Peter Anderson Festival in Ocean Springs this last weekend). I knew that there was a lot of talent here on the Coast, but I didn’t realize that it was that big and well-known.
Make sure you check back in with me tomorrow for Photo Friday! I’ll be bringing you more images from the Old Biloxi Cemetery – this time without the crowds and actors to clutter the shots 😉
Where I’m linking up.