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Mississippi - Mayersville: Unita Blackwell Interviewee [Part 5]
Dent, Thomas C.
Tom Dent continues his interview with Unita Blackwell in Mayersville, Mississippi. They continue their drive through Mayersville. Blackwell explains the process of cutting the cotton stalks in preparation for planting winter wheat. She points out her church and the city limits. They drew the city limits when they incorporated the town. The interview with Blackwell ends."n[05:23] Dent comments on the land along Highway 1, south of Mayersville, calling it "primeval." He describes the cotton machinery. He drives south toward Onward, and describes the unpicked cotton fields. He sees machines, but no people and few houses. He talks about meeting a woman with Blackwell who spoke to her about the lack of jobs in the town. The public takes their complaints to her personally as mayor because they see her within the community. There is a smell of smoke in the fields. Structures are white or brick. Cotton is planted in the spring and picked in September or October. Cattle are grazing on the levee. He talks about the bears in the area."n
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