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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:

Richmond Barté, sculptor
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
Copeland Gang
100 Men’s Hall