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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