Opal’s love for history and dedication for preservation is what makes this 151st anniversary print exceptional. The photo, taken by Lovelace at the 150th Battle of Iuka Reenactment, will serve as the official 151st print for this year’s event.
One hundred fifty-one numbered and signed prints have been printed and will be sold on a first-come basis. Prints are $25.00 and may be purchased at the Old Courthouse Museum.
Many people remember Lovelace from the 150th Battle of Iuka Reenactment weekend last year. She traveled from place to place capturing all the events that took place over the Labor Day weekend.
Using her love of photography as a guidepost, Lovelace recently spearheaded a local photography contest which benefited the Old Courthouse Museum. The contest was fully sponsored by Lovelace, and the proceeds were used to help match grants from Tri-State Educational Foundation and Mississippi Community Education Center for two local high school students to work at the museum this summer.
She is already making plans for a second contest to be held this winter. In addition, Opal has 43 note cards using her local photography of the Tishomingo County Museum, Stone-Cutshall home, Masonic Hall, Iuka Covered Bridge, Twin Magnolias, Painted Lady, Mineral Springs Park, Front Street Snack Bar, Civil War in Tishomingo County, Battle of Iuka, Shady Grove Cemetery, Governor John Marshall Stone, and Jay Bird Park.
“I have received messages from people as far away as Europe telling me that they have my cards,” said Lovelace. Last year, Gov. Phil Bryant was the recipient of a set of her Iuka cards.
Lovelace created and operates several Facebook pages, including “My Mississippi” where people from all over the state post pictures and the history of their area, the “Opal Lovelace Photography Page,” and most recently, the “Battle of Iuka Page.”
Some of Opal’s local photography is located in the First American National Bank, Lil’ Smokies, Madison Studio, and the Mississippi Welcome Center in Corinth to name a few. Most recently, she has created the alphabet art of lettering (objects) throughout the area and sent a personally framed piece to Deborah Bryant, from whom she received a personal phone call.
Lovelace has been an interior designer working the Panama City beach area for over 20 years. She has had the privilege of working for many people in the country music industry, but is always eager to return home to Tishomingo County.
“I just like pretty things and guess decorating and photography is the artist in me,” Lovelace said about her talents. “My favorite saying is you can take the girl out of Mississippi, but you can’t take Mississippi out of the girl. There’s just something comforting about being home.”
To reserve your print, please visit the Old Courthouse Museum, 203 East Quitman Street or call 423-3500.