Set on the Mississippi River, the town of Vicksburg was the site of one of the Civil War's most important battles. The Confederates had previously held control over the important body of water all the way into the Gulf of Mexico. It brought in soldiers, weapons, and much-needed resources. Even President Abraham Lincoln saw the significance of Vicksburg, noting that taking the … [Read more...] about Visiting Vicksburg National Military Park
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJNl7If64Xg Named for the Crossroads of the Blues, Ralph Macchio stars as a slide guitar prodigy who pairs up with an old-timer known as a legendary musician in hopes of making it big. But the man has a secret about selling his soul to the Devil. Joe Seneca and Jami Gertz also star. Filmed In: Greenville, Natchez, Port Gibson and Vicksburg, … [Read more...] about Film Friday: Crossroads
You may have realized by now that there are some parts of the South I haven't yet covered. I'm excited, however, to announce that I'll be doing my best to remedy this by year's end. I was invited to Mississippi by the Vicksburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau. After saying I'd go on this trip, I met with a few of their representatives at Travel South, so I hope Mississippi will … [Read more...] about I’m Going to Mississippi!
Set in rural Mississippi in 1964, Mississippi Burning is about two FBI agents, played by Willem Dafoe and Gene Hackman, who have very different styles of work, investigate the disappearances of civil rights activists. They are shocked at the state of the segregation in the south. Filmed In: Lafayette, Alabama; Bovina, Braxton, Canton, Jackson, New Hebron, Port Gibson, Vaiden … [Read more...] about Film Friday: Mississippi Burning
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is the Coen Brothers' adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey, set in rural Mississippi in the 1930s. Three convicts escape and encounter a variety of obstacles on their way home, including sirens, a Cyclops and the Ku Klux Klan. The movie stars George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman and Holly Hunter. Filmed In: Canton, Jackson, … [Read more...] about Film Friday: O Brother, Where Art Thou?