Charleston, MS: Gateway to the Delta

Blues, Photography, Travel

001 Main Street, Charleston MS003 Chocolate City, Charleston MS004 Chocolate City, Charleston MS005 Club Old School, Charleston MS006 Main Street, Charleston MS007 Main Street, Charleston MS008 Main Street, Charleston MS010 Boclair's Bar & Grill, Charleston MS011 Boclair's Motel, Charleston MS012 Tallahatchie Heroes013 Tallahatchie County Courthouse, Charleston MS
My homeboy Travis McFetridge, the owner of Great South Bay Music publishing firm, was down from New York City for an event sponsored by the Memphis chapter of The Recording Academy in Jackson, Mississippi, so we decided to drive down through the Delta on Wednesday June 11, and I decided to go backroads so that he would see a different Mississippi than that offered by I-55. Once we left the interstate, the first town we came to was Charleston, Mississippi, a town that I had been to only once before, and which is one of Tallahatchie County’s two county seats (the other is Sumner). Charleston has the traditional courthouse square that is typical of so many Mississippi towns, but what was more interesting was the painted mural honoring three legends from Tallahatchie County, actor Morgan Freeman, jazz musician Mose Allison and blues musician Sonny Boy Williamson. The town also has some interesting-looking clubs and jukes, which suggests it might be worthy of a deeper investigation on a future trip.