Austin, TX – The Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) today announced four new Literary Landmarks, to be unveiled across the state in special ceremonies this fall and winter. This includes the John Avery Lomax Literary Landmark for the John A. Lomax Amphitheater in Meridian. The project was completed by Meridian Parks & Recreation last year. The application and designation of the Literary Landmark was completed by the Meridian Public Library, spearheaded by Executive Director Marianne Woerner. Multiple copies of older editions of Lomax’s work are available to read there. 

Literary Landmarks are special places located across the country that attract tourists, book lovers and history buffs to educate the public about important literary works and history. The four new Texas sites were approved this spring by United for Libraries, the national organization that administers the program, and all are made possible by funding from the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas. This special push for more Texas Literary Landmarks was organized by the TCFB and covers application fees, foundry-made Literary Landmark plaques and programming led by local institutions to create awareness of the sites’ importance to the state’s literary heritage.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity to pay homage to the rich literary history of Texas,” said TSLAC Director and Librarian Mark Smith. “These Literary Landmarks speak to the great variety of writers who hail from the Lone Star State and celebrate the diversity of their voices, genres and areas of interest.”

John Avery Lomax Landmark in Meridian

John A. Lomax grew up in Central Texas, just north of Meridian in rural Bosque County. Approximately two miles outside the city is a historical marker designating his former home site. He lived there until the age of 21, when he left to attend Granbury College. As a teen living in Meridian, he enjoyed the cowboy songs and frontier ballads sung by those working on the nearby Chisholm Trail. These early experiences sparked his life’s work of capturing the lyrics and music of American folklore.

"The Meridian Parks and Recreation Department is deeply honored and proud to be a part of recognizing the legacy of John A. Lomax. As his childhood home, Meridian will be a fitting place for a literary landmark in his name, and the John A. Lomax Amphitheatre serves as an ideal setting to represent the folklore he worked so hard to preserve."

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More information about Texas Literary Landmarks can be found online at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/literarylandmark. Information about plaque unveiling ceremonies and programming for the four new sites will be posted there.

Established in 1987, the Texas Center for the Book seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy, and libraries. The Center builds partnerships with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers, and booksellers who provide support to our shared mission of promoting a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State. The Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit tsl.texas.gov.