Before our AVA America's Walking Club event in Vicksburg, we stopped to get our Mississippi Tamale fix. Mississippi is famous for there Tamales stands throughout the state. It is thought that tamales arrived in the Mississippi Delta in the early twentieth century when migrant laborers from Mexico arrived to work the cotton harvest.
Our next walk was a few miles to the south in Natchez. It is the oldest city on the Lower Mississippi River, established in 1716. Older than New Orleans. During its history, it has seen Spanish, French, English, and now American Ownership. It was the state capital until 1822 until it was centralized in Jackson, MS. We did the AVA America's Walking Club event here. The city sits on a bluff with a fantastic overlook of the Mississippi River. We had a great meal at a Thai restaurant downtown about halfway through the walk.
The walk along the river bluff is spectacular, with commanding views of the Mississippi River.
These two river towns in the Delta are in a special place. You can feel it down to the core of your soul. You can’t understand it until you’ve been here. When I travel thru the Delta, I like to stop at one of the music heritage sites. If you listen to American music, your listening to the Blues. All American music and the British rock of the ’60s were influenced directly by these cotton fields in Mississippi. This is one upside to these river towns. That the tragedy of slavery has been turned into a triumph that is this music.