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A Mississippi Slave Emancipation Story from 1821 that Caught My Attention

This is from the public and private acts section of Turner’s Mississippi Code of 1823.

Of Lucinda Jcfferson.

By An act to emancipate Lucinda Jefferson, passed November 24, 1821, the said girl Lucinda Jefferson is emancipated, set free from slavery and is invested with all the rights, privileges and immunities of any other free [...]

Notes on re-reading: “all time and injustice and sorrow become vocal for an instant…”

Then Ben wailed again, hopeless and prolonged.  It was nothing.  Just sound. It might have been all time and injustice and sorrow become vocal for an instant by a conjunction of planets.

Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

Notes on re-reading: Blue jays go to Hell on Fridays and The Sound and the Fury

One of the Southern sayings of my childhood was that “blue jays go to Hell on Fridays” (my father’s punch-line was to always, having raised this on any day but Friday, ask if any listener could specifically recall seeing a bluejay on Friday).  Apparently, the part of the folk-tale I never heard was that they went [...]

Photo: Lafayette County covered bridge and unidentified boy, early 1950s

 

This is one of my favorite Lafayette County vintage photos I’ve ever seen.

It is a covered bridge that was torn down about 1952 or 1953.  Joe Black, posting on Facebook, identified it as “the covered bridge at Fudgetown;”I’m guessing it was below Fudgetown (the road from Fudgetown south crossed the Yocona [...]

New Orleans music great Cosimo Matassa has died at 88

Certainly the most important non-musician to recording in New Orleans after WWII, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa, has died at age 88.

In 1945, Cosimo Matassa, a New Orleanean who tinkered with electronics, opened a recording studio on Rampart Street. In 1956, he moved to a slightly larger space on [...]

No, the Briars was not Jefferson Davis’s “ancestral home.”

So, this weekend, the M-Club is having a weekend in Oxford.  As YallPolitics reports, the M-Club sent out a flyer offering all kinds of things to do in Oxford this weekend.  One thing you can do is for $30 get a tour of the Scruggs home for $30 a head.  In the course of [...]

Yes, I am still alive

Two weeks ago, my laptop died an ignominious death. I discovered I had a much calmer– almost zen– reaction to a longer than usual period of borrowed computers, loaners, and the like, than I’d expected.

I was really frustrated that I could not post on Anderson’s site to ask about Hazel Brannon Smith and [...]

Arrest Warrant Pecan Pie

Grandmothers tended to be thrifty, one result being recipes saved on all kinds of scraps of paper.  My grandmother tended to favor things the size of index cards, or that could be readily folded, because she kept hers in a small index box.

Taylor Davidson’s great-grandfather Willy S. Tatum was a Justice of the [...]

Tea Party to commemorate Freedom Summer by having poll watchers set to intimidate black voters who might turn out for Cochran

That’s not precisely how it’s reported at the New York Times, but certainly what I get reading between the lines.

“Freedom Summer” on the American Experience Tuesday at 7CST on MPB

Tuesday night, the PBS American Experience series is airing Freedom Summer. That series at its best can be among my favorite television. I’m going to assume this will be good.