Governor Bentley Releases Statement on the Death of Harper Lee

MONTGOMERY — Governor Robert Bentley on Friday released the following statement on the death of Pulitzer Prize winning author Harper Lee.

“Today, we mourn the loss of Alabama’s treasured author Nelle Harper Lee.  Harper Lee’s literary impact reaches far beyond the borders of our state and nation. To Kill A Mockingbird has impacted people around the word. It is because of Harper Lee that the world knows about her special hometown of Monroeville, which celebrated the launch of Lee’s second novel Go Set A Watchman last year. Harper Lee’s legacy will live on as we introduce Scout, Jem, Atticus and Lee’s beloved Maycomb to future generations. I join Alabamians in praying for Harper Lee’s family and the City of Monroeville in the difficult days ahead.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—” “Sir?” “—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” May we honor Harper Lee by never losing sight of this.”