The Enid Public Library is designated as a National Literary Landmark site honoring the work of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Marquis James.
James (1891-1955) was born in Missouri. His family made the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893 and James grew up in Enid. He won Pulitzer Prizes for The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston in 1930, and The Life of Andrew Jackson in 1938. He also chronicled his life growing up in Enid in his 1945 book, The Cherokee Strip: A Tale of an Oklahoma Boyhood.
Literary Landmark sites honor a community location associated with a deceased literary figure, author, or his or her work. Literary Landmarks are a national designation granted by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. There are now 13 Literary Landmark locations in Oklahoma.
Enid became the 12th Literary Landmark location in Oklahoma on Sept. 17, 2016.