Mississippi Delta

I saw the witch

There’s a grave stone in Glenwood Cemetery, Yazoo City, which reads: “According to local legend, on May 25th 1904, the witch of Yazoo City broke out of these curious chain links surrounding her grave and burned down Yazoo City.” This stone fell and cracked shortly after being installed, and the surrounding chains constantly fall apart after being repaired. And I know why. And you know why.

My entry for the upcoming Delta Zine - a zine about the Mississippi Delta organised by John Lee.

From Delta State University’s Paxton Papers Collection, Series 2. A photograph of a indigenous Filipino man (?) and soldier that are both enlisted in Company “A” of the 45th Infantry at Camp John Hay.

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For the last week I have been publishing mobile dispatches from my last trip to Greenwood, Mississippi, over at @NewYorkerPhoto on Instagram.

This recent work as made possible in part by the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography.

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I met Jamarcus in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. He was just getting ready for his daily run, down an old dirt road, by the trailer where he and his family live. He was a couple of weeks from finishing high school and moving on with his life. 

Jamarcus: Running track changed my life more than anything.

BW: How did that change your life?

Jamarcus: I never knew I could do it and it turns out I’m pretty good at it. I just want to make it out of this small town and it’s looking like track is my way. I have a full ride scholarship to Valley and I joined the National Guard so they’ll pay me when I’m in school. I just want to get up outta here. 

Burning the fields, Greenwood, Mississippi, March 27, 2014. From the series, “Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town.”

Made using Kodak Professional Films, with support in part from the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography.