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Jan 16

Alex Howard

The Second Holly Grove, between Avalon and Money, Mississippi, 2013

An extract from my notes on the 5th of February - 

'Leaving Granada we came across an old store front near Holcomb, MS, and stopped to photograph it - the first of many finds of the day. Next we passed through Avalon, hometown of Mississippi John Hurt, which consisted of little more than a few houses, a few empty shacks, a gin warehouse (abandoned), and plenty of fields. We then drove to Greenwood, the 'Cotton Capital' and home to Furry Lewis, and got gas before turning back towards Avalon, in search of Money, MS - site of the story of Emmett Till. Driving along the red dirt road we stumbled upon The Second Holly Grove MB Church, est. 1894 - between Avalon and Money - a very secluded spot with some interesting gravestones, one belonging to somebody with the Hurt surname. The Tallahatchie River runs through Money, as we pass a freight train crosses the bridge…'

-Alex Howard