Charles “LaLa” Evans and his wife, Louise, had often spoken about creating a museum for the hundreds of photographs they’d amassed in their decades of marriage. But only when Louise passed away just one month before their 60th wedding anniversary did Evans know he had to move forward with the project.
Indeed, just a couple months after she died, Evans was hard at work transforming his home into a museum of love — a tribute to his beloved wife, he told The Huffington Post. “It was all a memento of her. She was such a sweet lady,” Evans said.
After hanging up over 1,000 photos and displaying videos of happy times through the house, Evans named the museum “LaLa and Louise Land.”
The touching tribute became popular in Evans’ native Starkville, Mississippi where he is well-known by locals after serving for 30 years as one of the first black mailmen and then as a shuttle bus driver for Mississippi State University.
Even the rock band Mutemath came to know of Evans. Members were so moved by the tribute they wanted to share the love story of LaLa and Louise in their music. Their latest music video, aptly titled “Monument,” was filmed in the museum, with Evans happily dancing through the various rooms of the house.