Monroeville is best known as the hometown of two famous novelists, Harper Lee and Truman Capote. It’s also hometown to novelist Mark Childress and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker. This small south Alabama town, between Mobile and Montgomery, is known as the “Literary Capital of Alabama” and home of the annual Alabama Writers Symposium. A town that “To Kill A Mockingbird” writer, Harper Lee, called home until she died in 2016 at the age of 89.
Scout, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson and Atticus Finch, came to life in this town. Harper’s dad, A. C. Lee, was her inspiration for Atticus. Harper’s childhood friend, Capote, was her inspiration for Dill. They really are the heart and soul of Monroeville, as you can see in the mural near the courthouse square.