First Day of Tales


Several "Tales" students learn how they will be researching their historical figures this semester.

Several "Tales" students learn how they will be researching their historical figures this semester.

Mr. Chuck Yarborough, "Tales From The Crypt" teacher

Mr. Chuck Yarborough, "Tales From The Crypt" teacher

Today marks the beginning of 25th iteration of MSMS’s famous, “Tales From the Crypt.”

MSMS juniors who are taking the “Tales” class spent the afternoon getting acquainted with the Columbus Genealogical Archives at the Columbus Lowndes Public Library where the students will conduct the majority of their research.

Archivist Mona Vance taught the students how to access the records and materials they will need while researching the historical figures they chose to study earlier this week.

Each of the research subjects represents a real person who lived in the Columbus area and each is buried in historic Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, Miss.

Students will spend the rest of the semester researching their subjects and will eventually transform their research into dramatic monologues written from the points of view of their subjects.

In April, during the Columbus Pilgrimage, the students, while dressed as their subjects and standing at the grave sides of their subjects, will present their monologues to the public. The project has been highlighted in several state-wide and national publications and has received attention from the History Channel and won the Governor’s Excellence in the Arts award.

“Tales” was the brainchild of the late Mr. Carl Butler who was an original faculty member of MSMS. Since his passing in 2003, the project has been helmed by MSMS history professor Chuck Yarborough.