Dissed by an Angel

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The Turning Angel of Natchez You didn’t think I’d leave town without visiting at least one cemetery, did you? On March 14, 1908, there was an explosion at the Natchez Drug Company in downtown Natchez, Mississippi. Company managers thought that … Continue reading

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The Mississippians

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The Mississippians were a Native American culture united in their love of building mounds.  They lived in the southeastern US from about AD 700 to the early 18th century. You can’t tell but the photo above, of the Etowah Mounds … Continue reading

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Buried Hearts and Sticky Fingers

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The Natchez National Historic Site park ranger was horrified when we asked whether we could see Melrose house without taking the tour.  “We have millions of dollars worth of things in the house!  We can’t let people just wander around by … Continue reading

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“Can we walk across the bridge?” Mr. History Tourist asked the clerk at the Natchez Visitor Center. Next to the visitor center, there was a two-span bridge that crosses the Mississippi River from Natchez, Mississippi to Vidalia, Louisiana. She looked … Continue reading

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A War by Any Other Name

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“On the grounds a local planter, Jefferson Davis, launched his political career,” reads the website of the Old Court House Museum in Vicksburg, Mississippi. “Several years later, during the War Between the States, Confederate Generals Stephen D. Lee, John C. … Continue reading

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Vicksburg Hot

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“Honey, it’s too hot out there to walk,” said the ranger behind the information desk at the Vicksburg National Military Park. In the south, honey isn’t just for diner waitresses. She looked at us like she doubted our sanity for … Continue reading

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Sweet Tea in Selma

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Edmund Pettus was a Confederate general during the Civil War and the Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan after. So there’s a delicious irony — an affirmation of karma — that a seminal and ultimately triumphant event in the … Continue reading

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