School district removes ‘Huckleberry Finn’ after complaint over racial slurs

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To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have been temporarily removed from some Virginia schools for racial slurs — a decision some are condemning as censorship.

Copies of the classic American novels have been lifted from the shelves of classrooms and libraries across a school district in Accomack County, Virginia, according to The Washington Post. While the books are already gone, the school district still has to decide whether it’s going to permanently ban them.

“We have a committee looking at all of this,” Chris Holland, district superintendent, told Delmarva Now. “There’s been no recommendation right now.” Read more…

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Harper Lee’s hometown looking to get a ‘Mockingbird’ tourism boost

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Monroeville, Alabama, is home to famous To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee. It’s also a place that hopes to become home to a bustling literary tourism scene.

Since Lee’s death earlier this year the author’s attorney and others have made moves to create the “Harper Lee Trail,” AL.com learned

In an article Thursday, the Birmingham News website laid out plans to encourage visits from Lee fanatics and fans of Scout and her dad Atticus Finch from iconic 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Those plans include refurbishing a historic building to become a Lee-dedicated museum and building life-size replicas of homes from her famous novel and its somewhat controversial 2015 sequel, Go Set a Watchman, released just months before the author’s death at 89.  Read more…

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