|Stevens Avenue, Baptist Town, Greenwood, Mississippi|
|Shotgun houses, Stevens Avenue, Greenwood, Mississippi|
Baptist Town, established in the 1800s in tandem with the growth of the local cotton industry, is one of Greenwood’s oldest African American neighborhoods. Known for its strong sense of community, it is anchored by the McKinney Chapel M.B. Church and a former cotton compress. In blues lore Baptist Town is best known through the reminiscences of David “Honeyboy” Edwards, who identified it as the final residence of Robert Johnson, who died just outside Greenwood in 1938.I was unaware of this historic neighborhood until a faculty friend at Mississippi Valley State University showed me around.
|Baptist Town, from MSBluestrail.org|
|West Pelican Street, Baptist Town (click any photograph to enlarge)|
|214 Young Street, Baptist Town|
|214 Young Street, Baptist Town, 80mm Planar lens|
|204 Young Street Baptist Town, 80mm Planar lens|
|Shotgun house, Stevens Avenue|
|301 McCain Street, Baptist Town|
|Ditch off Pelican Street, Baptist Town|
|View west to downtown Greenwood, W. Pelican Street|
These photographs were taken on Kodak Panatomic-X film (expired in 1988), exposed at EI=20. I used a Hasselblad 501CM camera with 80mm and 50mm lenses, all tripod-mounted. I scanned the film with a Minolta Scan Multi medium format film scanner controlled by SilverFast Ai software.