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Arts and Letters and a Tune or Two
Famous sons and daughters from the Mississippi West Coast:
Published Writers:
  • Stephen Ambrose, history and fiction
  • Mimi Monti Heitzmann, fiction
  • Margaret Gavagnie, poetry
  • Sarah Dodge Kimbrough, essay
  • Ellis Anderson, memoirist, music and lyrics
  • Connie Demoran Heitzmann, memoirist
  • Margaret Sullivan, poetry
  • Dale St. Amant, fiction
  • Freelance writers and storytellers are alive, well and working daily.


The county is home to hundreds of visual artists in all mediums. Their work is available for viewing and sale throughout the area. The most famous and memorialized visual artists are:
  • the late Richmond Barté, sculptor
  • the late Alice Moseley, idyllic folk artist.

Tune or Two:

  • Pete Fountain, famous jazz clarinetist lives and plays in Bay Saint Louis.
  • Jerry Fisher, former lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears lives in Waveland.
  • Joy Mehrtens, ecclesiastical musician, conducts the Coast Chorale.
As with visual artists, individual musicians and bands are too numerous to mention, but their work is available locally on compact disc.


  • Doc Blanchard
  • Johnny Scafide
  • Wendall Ladner
  • Mike Necaise


  • Walter Gex, Jr.
  • Evelyn McPhail
  • Dr. Martinolich
  • Jetton Tudury

Facts and Legends:

  • Union Street and OLG
  • Fr. Buteaux and Our Lady of the Woods
  • Battle of the Bay at Ulman Avenue
  • Ulman Woolen Mills

The Movies:

  • Jean Lafitte
  • Wooden Nickel/Kangaroo Court
  • Cotton Gins and Lumber Mills
  • Revenuer’s
  • Copeland Gang
  • 100 Men’s Hall

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