Joel Chandler Harris is best known for preserving the Brer Rabbit folktales in the Uncle Remus series. Harris was born in Barnes Inn and Tavern in downtown Eatonton, Georgia in 1845.
As a student, he was teased by his classmates for his stutter, red hair, and short stature. At 15 years-old Harris became a typesetter for The Countryman newspaper and worked at Turnwold Plantation, just outside of Eatonton. Plantation owner, Joseph Turner, tutored Harris in literature and journalism, while the enslaved peoples taught him the life lessons rooted in the Brer Rabbit tales.
Harris worked for newspapers across the state, eventually making his way as an editor at the Atlanta Constitution. His writings were praised for their humor, and he became a world-renowned author.
Harris published 185 stories during his lifetime. He passed away on July 3, 1908 at his home, The Wren’s Nest, in Atlanta, Georgia.