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In To Kill a Mockingbird, where is the Meridian Highway (Ch. 15--midchapter) in...

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, where is the Meridian Highway (Ch. 15--midchapter) in respect to the courthouse square?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 15 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout narrates that the swimming hole, Barker's Eddy, is located

at the end of a dirt road off the Meridian highway about a mile from town.

Since the courthouses of old Southern towns are located at the center of the town, the distance to the Meridian Highway would not differ much from Scout's description of Barker's Eddy. Therefore, one could suppose that in a small town such as Macomb, the edge of town and the location of the courthouse on the town square would be less than five miles. Alabama Highway 21 runs through Monroeville, which is fictionalized as Macomb; only 230 feet from the town. From Rte. 21 one goes to US 84W, which leads to the connecting routes to Mississippi. It is 138 miles from Monroeville to Meridian.

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