(193A) Heart of the Delta Blues (Photo Journey)


There’s never any highway when you’re looking for the past
The land becomes a memory and it happens way too fast                          

–Roseanne Cash

Saturday was an amazing day. The weather in Mississippi was picture perfect. Out itinerary was full, so we got an early start. Our route took us through the Tallahatchie Wildlife Refuge, down Money Road into Greenwood, across to Indianola, then to Sunflower, Drew, Tutwiler, and finally Clarksdale.  I have decided to let the pictures tell the story, as the blues markers already have the history. One thing I could not photograph accurately was the expansiveness of the Delta region.  I have seen for miles in the Florida Everglades and the deserts of Arizona–but there is nothing like the endless miles of cotton fields found in the rich and beautiful area. All day I just breathed in the expansiveness of it as we drove the Mississippi byways, listening to delta-inspired music by Bobbie Gentry and Roseanne Cash, and seeking for the past in our very real present.

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Our only Freedom Trail marker, this one marking where the Civil Rights Movement began.
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This is all that is left of the store.
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At Little Zion Church we found Robert Johnson’s “official” grave. There are 2 other graves marked for him in the area. Many blues    fans visit and party here as evidenced by a pile of beer cans we found.

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Jim checking out some of the items left on the grave…lots of guitar picks, bottle caps, and little stones.
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After crossing the river we found a Country Trail marker. I intend on writing about “Ode to Billie Joe” in the future, so I will hold off commentary for now.
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Jim and I on the bridge over the muddy Tallahatchie–a river with some deep history.

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Tribute area to B.B. king in downtown Indianola. We also saw a blues marker for Albert King.
Tribute area to B.B. king in downtown Indianola. We also saw a blues marker for Albert King.
Just one of the many impressive exhibits in the museum. Truly the best museum of its kind.
Just one of the many impressive exhibits in the museum. Truly the best museum of its kind.
Outside the B.B. King Museum were several poems which had tabs for some of his more famous songs.
Outside the B.B. King Museum were several poles  which had tabs for some of his more famous songs.
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