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Chuck Yarborough is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. In addition to teaching, Mr. Yarborough currently serves on the Mississippi Humanites Council, the board of directors of the Mississippi Historical Society, and the steering committee for the Columbus Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum. He recently completed the Teacher's Guide for the Mississippi Arts Commission traveling exhibit Crossroads of the Heart: Creativity and Tradition in Mississippi and has been developing an African American historic sites tour of Columbus. He has been recognized for excellence in teaching as a Mississippi All-Star teacher and as a National Award-Winning Teacher for the Chicago Board of Trade Commodity Challenge.

In 1998, the Mississippi Historical Society recognized Yarborough and his students for their innovative student research project, The Columbus City Block Project. Yarborough has served as the managing editor of Mississippi Folklife and had articles and photographs published in several regional publications. He also has developed and presented historic site tours for the Mississippi Historic Preservation Conference, the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, and the Mississippi Folklife Festival. He was a folklife presenter at the Mississippi Folklife Festival and he has presented the innovative interdisciplinary course, Mississippi Crossroads, at the Southern Cultures Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama.

Yarborough and his wife, Leigh, are the proud parents to three children: India, Laurel, and Sam. They are members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbus.