Delta

Mad Mod Delta Tour Report

Today’s post is brought to you by our inveterate architectural tourist, Neel Reid, who also reported on last year’s Mad Mod Eastover tour. ————————————————— It’s easy to overlook Modernist commercial architecture. Coming into a world where cars dictate the layout… Read More ›

Money Craftsman

In the rural Delta community of Money, and next door to the crumbling Bryant’s Grocery, which became infamous as the beginning of the Emmett Till tragedy in 1955, is the Craftsman-style Ben Roy Service Station. Because the Money Store itself is… Read More ›

Sad News From Lake Washington

This morning, I checked my email to find several quick anguished notes from Delta friends letting me know that our beloved Mt. Holly, long endangered but beautiful even in its decline, was in flames. On Facebook, the group called “Antebellum Mansions of… Read More ›

Duncan, Mississippi after the 1929 tornado, Part 3

In the concluding edition of the aftermath of the 1929 Duncan tornado, we focus on a family, a child, and a unique culture that has contributed to the Mississippi Delta and beyond. In the Fong family, who operated the Fong Chinese grocery store in Duncan, all but a 4 year old boy, William Joe Fong, perished. Joe Fong and his other children died in the tornado, and Quan Shee Fong died not long after in a Memphis hospital from injuries sustained. She was buried alongside her husband and children in the Greenville Chinese cemetery.