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The Delta Means Change: Endangered Stories

The primary purpose of the project has been to preserve history told by those who lived it.  Participants in Sharkey and Issaquena counties who live in or have lived in Sharkey and/or Issaquena counties for a significant period of time and have witnessed change in the Delta are represented by the list located to the right.

The ultimate impact of this project is to offer the community, researchers, and future generations a robust collection of reliable, primary source transcripts which archive life in Sharkey and Issaquena counties, over a spectrum of 80 years.  The time to collect, preserve and share these endangered stories has arrived.  Project directors and volunteers wish to thank each participant for sharing his/her life stories in such a meaningful way.


  • William Bearden
  • Willie Bunton
  • Patricia Burchfield
  • Charles Burt Darden
  • Ladye Carpenter Freitag
  • Ann Grundfest Gerache
  • Zulene Ryals Harris
  • Betty Jo Heath
  • Marion Heath
  • Fred “Bo” Hinton
  • Clare Weissinger Hoover
  • Louis Humphreys
  • Deborah Lamensdorf Jacobs
  • Howard Joe
  • Larry Ludwig
  • Mary Frances Moore
  • Earl Baskin Perry, Jr.
  • Patsy Kiska Perry
  • Merlin Richardson
  • Drick Rodgers
  • Joseph “Mickey” Thomas
  • Dave “Jimmy Do” Wright
  • Charles Weissinger, Jr.
  • Mary Hazel Weissinger
  • Thomas “Jere” Weissinger
  • Virgil Wells
  • Lue Julia Johnson Williams