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Foto Friday: Pillars of the community

November 4, 2011

The Maycomb County courthouse was faintly reminiscent of Arlington in one respect:  the concrete pillars supporting its south roof were too heavy for their light burden.  The pillars were all that remained standing when the original courthouse burned in 1856.  Another courthouse was built around them.  It is better to say, built in spite of them.  But for the south porch, the Maycomb County courthouse was early Victorian, presenting an unoffensive vista when seen from the north.  From the other side, however, Greek revival columns clashed with a big nineteenth-century clock tower housing a rusty unreliable instrument, a view indicating a people determined to preserve every physical scrap of the past.

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

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