Greenville Museum Features Memorabilia Variety
The Audie Murphy Cotton Museum features, as its name implies, a tribute to medal of honor recipient Audie Murphy along with the city's deep history in the cotton industry. But there's so much more as the museum embraces the area's other hometown heroes and some quirky collections.
It houses the wooden leg of the late Monty Stratton. He was a major league baseball pitcher with the Chicago White Sox until an accident in 1938 that cost him a leg. His life is depicted in the 1949 Academy Award-winning film The Stratton Story, starring Jimmy Stewart.
Also in the museum is a decorative wreath made of human hair. According to the museum, it was popular in the mid to late 1800s for people to save locks of hair from family members when they passed away, then make something out of it as a memorial to them.
Another display shares the life story of the Shields brothers, known as the ‘Texas Giants,’ who were featured attractions of the Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1800s, traveling throughout the Northeast U.S. and Canada.
The museum also has a section with a 1920s era Main Street exhibit with five stores that visitors can "window shop" in including a millinery, clothing shop, beauty salon, hardware store and drugstore. Learn much more about the museum on their WEBSITE.