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Florida Students Learn About Delta Cultural Heritage

By May 23, 2013General


Photo:  The St. Stephens Episcopal School Delta Heritage Class, in front of "A Cast of Blues,"  the collection of life-masks of Blues musicians created by sculptor Sharon McConnell, outside the offices of the Delta Center in Ewing Hall.  Group leader William Southerland is on the far right, next to Luther Brown of the DSU Delta Center.  Photo by Lee Aylward.

The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University recently provided an overview of the Delta’s cultural heritage to a class from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School of Bradenton, Florida.  The class was organized by William Sutherland,  a specialist in Southern literature who participated in one of the Delta Center’s workshops in 2010.  He has returned to the Delta with two high school classes since then.  The workshops are titled "The Most Southern Place on Earth, History, Music and Culture of the Mississippi Delta."  They are offered to teachers annually, and are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Several former participants have brought their own classes to the region to introduce them to the Delta’s important cultural heritage.  The St. Steven’s class spent a week in the Delta, flying in and out of Memphis.