Tag archive for Mississippi

Po’ Monkeys – a real deal juke joint on the Mississippi back roads

Po’ Monkeys – a real deal juke joint on the Mississippi back roads

This is the real deal! Immortalized by Annie Leibovitz, and countless blues historians. The rural juke joint played an integral role in the development of the blues, offering a distinctly secular space for people to socialize, dance, and forget their everyday troubles.

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The many grave markers of Robert Johnson

The many grave markers of Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson (1911-1938) The famed Mississippi Delta bluesman from Hazelhurst who supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for talent to sing the blues. This exchanged occurred at the “Crossroads” near Clarksdale. His landmark recordings from 1936 to 1937 display a combination of singing,…

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Welcome Jews and Gentiles to Margaret’s Grocery

Welcome Jews and Gentiles to Margaret’s Grocery

 Margaret’s Grocery Rev. Hermon Dennis— March 25, 1916 — September 6, 2011 Margaret Dennis— February 8, 1916 — October 7, 2009 4535 North Washington St Vicksburg, MS Folk art environment Margaret and her late husband ran a rural grocery outside Vicksburg on old Highway 61,…

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Sell your soul to the devil at the crossroads in Mississippi

Sell your soul to the devil at the crossroads in Mississippi

According to the myth, the young bluesman desperately longed for fame and fortune. Johnson was not satisified with his own musical abilities and felt that he needed more talent to achieve success.

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Rev. HD Dennis, famed MS folk artist, 1916-2012

Rev. HD Dennis, famed MS folk artist, 1916-2012

Reverend H.D. Dennis – Margaret’s Grocery Vicksburg, MS Embellished visionary environment  |  Created 1994 to present  he Rev. Herman D. “Preacher” Dennis, the man who helped craft the world-renowned Margaret’s Grocery, Vicksburg’s folk-art “Bible castle” on North Washington Street, died Tuesday. Reverend H. D. Dennis,…

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Help Save Margaret's Grocery!

Help Save Margaret's Grocery!

Margaret’s Grocery is in danger of falling into disrepair. Pepsi is giving away over a million dollars to fund the Top 10 ideas, and by voting for Margaret’s Grocery, we can help move it up in the rankings! Goals Restoration of Folk Art Icon, new…

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Margaret Dennis, namesake of Margaret's Grocery, dies at 94

Margaret Dennis, namesake of Margaret's Grocery, dies at 94

Margaret Rogers Dennis | 1916-2009 Vicksburg, MS Embellished visionary environment | Created 1994 to present 4:02 PM CDT, October 7, 2009 VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Margaret Dennis, the namesake and longtime proprietor of a grocery store that became a folk-art landmark in the Mississippi Delta,…

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Flooding in Missouri along the Mississippi

Flooding in Missouri along the Mississippi

Ellsberry, Foley and Clarksville, MO Friday, 20 June 08 I decided to take a drive north of St. Louis to witness the power of the river.  Words can’t quite describe the sights )and smells) of the destruction.  But the spirit of the people, the volunteers,…

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Sister L.V. Hull—April 15, 2008

Sister L.V. Hull—April 15, 2008

Viola “L. V.” Hull  |  c. 1943-2008 Koscuisko, MS Painter & home environment (from the Koscuisko Star-Herald) Remembering L.V. Hull “Jesus is coming to Kosciusko, Ms. 39090.” This was one of her favorite sayings to put on her gaily painted wooden crosses. And, indeed, Jesus…

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Earl Wayne Simmons

Earl Wayne Simmons

Earl Wayne Simmons  |  1956-  |  Bovina, MS Found object environment and paintings Original site 1980s – 2002.  |  New site (same location) 2002 – present As a child, Earl Wayne Simmons made his own toys from scraps of cardboard, jar lids, and bottlecaps, sometimes…

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