HAGERSTOWN - It was a request that Mary Fortson was unsure about. Even after she committed to being photographed in costume as Calpurnia, the housekeeper of attorney Atticus Finch and his children in "To Kill a Mockingbird," Fortson had second thoughts about her involvement.
The photo shoot project was a partnership between students in Digital Communication and Cosmetology at Washington County Technical High School for The Big Read, a national reading initiative sponsored locally by the Community Foundation of Washington County.
Cosmetology instructor Marie Bikle chose local residents to portray the main characters of the book and searched for 1930s-era costumes. Senior cosmetology students did the hair and makeup for the models.
John Jones' digital communication students planned the shots to showcase each character, and photographed them one at a time.
Fortson's hair was styled with finger waves, and her clothing consisted of a house dress and apron. She held a Bible because Calpurnia had a deep faith.