NEH "Most Southern Place" July Workshop: Day 3

Day 3: The Blues

Wednesday's session of the Most Southern Place on Earth workshop revolved around the blues, tracking the genre's development through the lens of broader social and cultural trends. The day began with a trip to Dockery Farms, the birthplace of the blues. After a brief stop at the crossroads, participants reflected on the legacy of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer at her gravesite. Next came a trip to the B.B. King Museum, located in the former workplace of the blues legend. Throughout the day, Dr. Edgar Smith shared a personal perspective on the people and places discussed, from his childhood picking cotton to his friendships with Fannie Lou Hamer and B.B. King. The evening concluded with a lecture by renowned ethnomusicologist Dr. David Evans, who narrated the evolution of the blues.

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