Cassidy Bayou near Sumner, Mississippi
Cassidy Bayou near Sumner, Mississippi (Photo: Maude Schuyler Clay)

Summer Read: Walking the Haunted Past of the Mississippi Delta

Cassidy Bayou near Sumner, Mississippi

When W. Ralph Eubanks began exploring his family’s homeland, he fell in love with it—and came to understand how this troubled part of the state gave birth to the blues. Eubanks had grown up in another part of Mississippi before journeying to the Northeast U.S. to pursue life as a writer and scholar. But when fate brought him back, he was drawn to the Delta’s topography, realizing that the only way to understand the region’s history—and his own—was to walk the land.

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