Pressure mounts on local leaders as calls grow to rethink Alice Munro’s legacy
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Pressure mounts on local leaders as calls grow to rethink Alice Munro’s legacy

In the wake of revelations by Andrea Robin Skinner, daughter of acclaimed author Alice Munro, Huron County officials are facing increasing pressure to reconsider tributes to Munro across the region.

In an interview with the CBC, Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn acknowledged the gravity of Skinner’s revelations that Munro’s second husband, Gerald Fremlin, sexually abused her as a child. Although Munro knew about the abuse, she chose to remain married to Fremlin until his death in 2013. Ginn said he was shocked by the revelations and that while Munro’s accomplishments remain significant, the community must find a way to deal with the legacy she leaves behind. Ginn acknowledged that if public outcry grows, they would consider changing a monument outside the Clinton library that features a metal bench recognizing Munro’s Nobel Prize.

North Huron Warden Paul Heffer echoed similar sentiments, acknowledging the need to support Skinner while also considering the community’s admiration for Munro’s literary contributions.

“At this time, North Huron council has not discussed this issue,” Heffer said in response to a CKNXNewsToday.ca inquiry about possible changes to the Alice Munro Literary Garden and Alice Munro Public Library in Wingham.

Andrea Robin Skinner’s essay in the Toronto Star details the abuse she suffered at the hands of Fremlin, starting when she was nine years old.