Walnut Room this way

Walnut Room this way

Sunday, May 20, 2012

More Mound Bayou: Developing the Grids and Visiting Another Cemetery

We spent the first part of the afternoon developing the grid that will be used for the the booklet, and coordinating photographs with lists. We made a stop at the oldest part of the Mound Bayou cemetery to confirm a couple of questions on location. Next thing I knew, the students had developed the grid of the partial parcel!

After that we took the downtown tour of Shelby and I shared the story of the "First Impressions" of Shelby. They found it interesting as well. Next, we set out in search of the Andrew Jackson Donalson house near Duncan. It took a bit of work, but we found the location east of the bayou. It was way too overgrown to see the remains. I plan a detailed post on the Donalson story once I return home.

Back out to the Azion cemetery (our first effort from Friday), and the grid went fairly quickly now that we have the system clarified. It was pleasant enough as it was near 6 and the area was somewhat shaded.

We did not have food to prepare, and as tired as we were, opted to drive in to Cleveland and eat. I'm pretty sure I may have gone over budget on this trip. It began to pour rain as we left the restaurant and it was actually quite cool after that.

Post Script: we just got back from a quick run to the cemetery. One of the students thought she left her cell phone there...do you have any idea how dark it is in a country cemetery at 10 PM?


Beth said...

Thank you for these wonderful posts. What an amazing community; I'm so inspired by their commitment. I found your blogs through Misspreservation. I live in Texas but have the red dirt of Mississippi in my veins. I was really homesick when I read about the mayor's wife stopping by...only in Miss. is there thoughtfulness like that. Thanks again, can't wait to read more!

Suzassippi said...

Thank you, Beth. (I am from Texas and yesterday while we were in a cemetery, a car with Texas tags drove up, coming to visit home folk.) This has been an awesome experience. I will be posting more detail and pictures on the MissPres blog as well as mine as soon as I get home, so I hope you will stop back by.