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The childhood home that inspired Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty is now a literary retreat.

Gov. Kirk Fordice signed a bill into law on Monday, making the transformation official.

The Eudora Welty Writers' Center will be on a three-acre site several blocks from the Capitol. Lawmakers approved giving the Mississippi Writers' Association $2 million to purchase the Welty home and other surrounding property.

The writers' group will eventually repay the money and take over ownership.

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