I made refrigerator magnets featuring the Taborian, and an archived photo of the Bank of Mound Bayou from the early 1900s and we handed them out to folks visiting our table. We were set up next to the Mayor's booth (where they were smoking ribs and sausage) and it was mouth watering all day long. I also had yummy catfish and Delta hot tamales!
A local pastor came over, and shared that he was born at the Taborian and that it was very important to him. I told him about our plans for doing some interviews with people who were born there, or have some connection to the hospital, and he has agreed to be interviewed in our upcoming project!
First up when the festival kicked off at 1 was this gospel group. There were so many people and so much going on, that I did not hear who they were, but they gave a powerful and moving performance.
These are the cheerleaders for the Mound Bayou Hornets. We talked to several of them, and they did a cheer for us. I told Debra that cheerleading is a lot different now than from when I was in high school!
songs being performed and thought that was great.
James Pirkle Blues Band, all the way from Tupelo arrived around 4. I was introduced to the band back in early summer here, and really enjoyed their music. The mayor had earlier told me they used local bands for the festival, and I asked if they might be interested in this band, and sent him the link to my earlier post of their music. This great group of guys played it as a benefit and the Mayor fed them ribs to thank them. I wanted to get a new video of them (especially in their spiffy new shirts), but it had been a really long day for us, and we had to pack up and get home and the band was not going on until later. The person who was documenting the festival officially interviewed them on camera, and I must say that everyone we met, whether officials with the City or just town-folk, were wonderfully welcoming and friendly.