Some highlights from last month’s week in Mississippi, which began with my deliverance of the first-of-the-year University Forum address at Southern Miss. There are way too many photos of me below, but I’m feeling self-indulgent—hey, it was a wonderful visit!
Photo courtesy of Ed Friedlander
My presentation was followed with signing books and meeting people—the relaxing part of the evening!
Meeting people and signing books, USM Forum, 9-13-16
With Prof. Ed Friedlander, USM forum booksigning, 9-13-16
With Prof. Douglas Bristol, USM Forum booksigning, 9-13-16
With Timothy D. Brownlee, USM Forum Booksigning, 9-13-16
With a lovely lady from the Valentine-Coats family line, USM Forum booksigning, 9-13-16
Next day: On to Ellisville, heart of the Free State of Jones, to discuss the process of research and writing with students from the Honors Program at Jones County Junior College.
Meeting with students following Jones County Junior College presentation. With Samantha Dean and Caleb Habersham. Ellisville, 9-14-16.
The end of an exhilarating evening: JCJC Prez. Jesse Smith, Gregg Andrews, Vikki Bynum, Honorable Charles W. Pickering, Mrs. Charles (Margaret Ann) Pickering, and Honors Director Julie Atwood. Ellisville, MS, 9-14-16.
Before leaving Jones County, Gregg and I were treated to an afternoon of reminiscing, sharing old and new stories about the Free State of Jones, and enjoying fabulous food with friends and descendants of Newt and Rachel Knight at the home of Eugene and Florence Blaylock.
L to R: Flo Wyatt, Gregg Andrews, Kyle Baughman, Dessa Knight(?), Jeannette Smith, Emma Strong. Soso, MS, 9-15-16
Emma Strong, displaying the horn her family’s tradition holds was owned by Newt Knight during the Civil War. Soso, MS, 9-15-16.
Florence Blaylock, Vikki Bynum, Olga Nelson, Dorothy Marsh. Soso, MS, 9-15-16
Indicative of my own roots in the Free State of Jones, Gregg and I ended our Mississippi trip with a visit to the home of my first cousin, Royce Breazeale.
Royce Breazeale, Vikki Bynum, Margie Breazeale, Lesia Breazeale Jones. Ellisville, MS, 9-16-16