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Wandering through the Delta

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Depicted above:  John Hurt’s grave on the Choctaw Ridge near Avalon, Mississippi; the Shamoun’s family restaurant in Clarksdale, the Resthaven; the Riverside Hotel, a blues landmark in Clarksdale, where Bessie Smith died, and any blues or gospel singer you know who passed through Clarksdale from 1940 to the 1970s almost certainly stayed; two pictures of the plantation headquarters at Dockery, between Ruleville and Cleveland, and arguably one of the places where the blues was born; a statute of civil rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer (“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired”), newly installed at her gravesite at Ruleville; the former Bryant Store in Money, Mississippi, where events leading to the murder of Emmitt Till began.

All these places are part of the Delta tour I do for the Faulkner conference each year. 

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