Tchula is a tiny town in Holmes County, Mississippi, on US 49E a few miles south of Itta Bena. I wrote about Itta Bena in The Mississippi Delta 27 but had never driven 49E further south to see that stretch of the Delta. I drove there on a blazing hot 2020 summer day.
|Former road bridge, Front Street, Tchula (Tri-X 400 film, Fuji GW690II camera, green filter)|
|Front yard, Front Street, Tchula|
Tchula is pretty rough. I found a long article in The Guardian. "Poorest town in poorest state: segregation is gone but so are the jobs. In his second dispatch from the US’s most deprived communities, Chris McGreal visits Tchula in Mississippi, where crime is high and opportunities are few".
Mississippi Today featured a 2019 article on flooding and neglect of the inhabitants, "Living Day to Day: Surrounded by water and ignored by powerful officials, Tchula and its people fight for survival"
|No more lunches at Speedy's, Tchula|
|Main Street view west, Tchula|
|Main Streeet view west, Tchula (Fuji X-E1 digital file)|
I stopped on Main Street and went into the food store. Everyone was very friendly, and everyone was wearing a mask, even kids on bicycles. The local folks were more rigorous in wearing masks than Vicksburgers (or MAGA rally attendees at the White House). Trains occasionally thunder through town at high speed.
|Former gas station, Main Street|
|Back lot of former commercial building, Jefferson Street, Tchula|
|Juke joint, US 49E, Tchula (Tri-X 400 film)|
|US 49E, view north, Tchula, Mississippi (Tri-X 400 film, Fuji GW690II, yellow filter)|