Whole lotta sights and information to process but here’s a quick recap. A Chinese cemetery in Greenville, Mississippi that has been there since the 1920s; at one point a significant population of Chinese immigrants were in the Delta and were primarily grocery store owners. A cemetery for African Americans was right down and across the street from the Chinese one; those headstones are for African American veterans who fought for the Union in the Civil War. A crape myrtle which is a pretty flowering tree that I’ve seen all over Mississippi. The Hebrew Union Congregation temple in Greenville which was built in 1906. I bought a coozie that says “Shalom Y’all” on it from the gift shop at the museum at the temple. The Greenville 1927 Flood Museum. Country Platter Restaurant; used to be Lillie’s Cafe and 20th century Civil Rights figures ate there. The food was delicious but you already guessed that much didn’t you? Bill Abel, a Delta Blues musician. He played and taught us what he learned from bluesmen as a native of the Delta. He played several guitars, some that he made himself. One was a cigar box, broom handle, and one string. One was a six string made of weathered driftwood cypress from the Mississippi. And he played them thangs. He was very clear the he is not a bluesman in the traditional sense because he didn’t live the life that African American bluesmen lived and he understood he was just doing his part to keep the music alive the best he could after learning the music. He told some A-1 stories about T. Model Ford and Fat Possum Records (Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside). A full day, a wonderful day. Dig on Bill’s music on the interwebs and if you book shows, holla at me so I can get his info to you so you can book him. #jaaamaccordingly#thedelta#deltablues#deltajews#deltachinese#blackcivilwarveterans#billabel#countryplatter
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During the hike yesterday with @fatgirlshiking at Caesar Creek, the group found a small, clearly old cemetery with a sign identifying it as Zion Baptist Cemetery, and we did a little respectful exploring. The headstones were all from the 1800s, and several had metal star-shaped markers next to them that read “G.A.R.”, along with small American flags that were clearly recently placed there, because they were clean and in good repair. Someone is honoring these individuals. •
Tonight, I googled the name of the cemetery, and learned that it’s known by other names, notably Harveysburg African American Cemetery, and Harveysburg Slave Cemetery. From what I read, some of the people interred there were former slaves, and several were black Civil War veterans. “G.A.R.”, on the stars next to some headstones, stands for “Grand Army of the Republic,” a veterans’ organization for soldiers who served in the Civil War.
That’s amazing! I’m trying to find as much online as I can to read about and honor those individuals. What a great unexpected bonus to our hike!
Donald Shaffer chronicles the postwar transition of black veterans from the Union army, as well as their subsequent life patterns, political involvement, family and marital life, experiences with social welfare, comradeship with other veterans, and memories of the war itself. He draws on such sources as Civil War pension records to fashion a collective biography--a social history of both ordinary and notable lives--resurrecting the words and memories of many black veterans to provide an intimate view of their lives and struggles. #bookstagram#blackhistorymonth#civilwar#postcivilwar#blackcivilwarveterans#modernwarstudiesseries#upkbacklist