Exhibit - Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues


The Delta Blues Museum invites the public to visit our newest exhibit "Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues" featuring a collection of prints from folklorist William Ferris's new book of the same name.

Ferris, who donated the set of 45 prints to the Delta Blues Museum, is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the senior associate director of its Center for the Study of the American South.

Give My Poor Heart Ease is a documentary record of Ferris's home state during the 1960s and '70s, illustrated with Ferris's photographs of Mississippi musicians and their communities and includes a CD of original music and a DVD of original film. The book also features more than 20 interviews relating frank, dramatic and engaging first-person narratives about black life and blues music in the heart of the American South.

Signed copies of Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (University of North Carolina Press, Fall 2009) $35.00, are available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, Mississippi Arts Commission and the Friends of the Delta Blues Museum.

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