The Mystery of the Brown Bomber’s Bust

If you are of a certain age, you might remember driving by the home of the late M. B. Mayfield on old Highway 15 north of Ecru. One never knew what type of artwork would be “on exhibit” on the folk artist’s porch. A favorite of many was the bust of “The Brown Bomber” Joe Louis. It was such a favorite that it was stolen years ago, and now that a documentary is being filmed about the folk artist, there is new energy in the search for the stolen artwork.

An Interview with James Meredith & Anthony Bourdain on Oxford

John Reyer Afamasaga, Geno Lee, James Howard Meredith – 6/4/18 Early last Monday morning I set out for Jackson MS in the hope of interviewing James Howard Meredith, the first African American student to enroll at Ole Miss. All week I was nervous whether the interview with Mr. Meredith would happen. His words to me … Continue reading An Interview with James Meredith & Anthony Bourdain on Oxford

New historical marker updates Nathan Bedford Forrest’s role in slave trade

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new historical marker that acknowledges Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s role in the slave trade in Memphis was dedicated Wednesday in a ceremony downtown. The original marker, erected on Adams Avenue in 1955, noted that Forrest’s home stood nearby and that he operated a “business enterprise” near the site. But it … Continue reading New historical marker updates Nathan Bedford Forrest’s role in slave trade

New Historic Marker to be Unveiled at Site of Forrest Slave Mart on April 4

An existing marker, placed by the Tennessee Historical Commission in 1955, mentions only that Forrest had a home at the site and that he became wealthy from his “business enterprises.” It neglects to mention that Forrest’s home stood adjacent to the slave yard, which Forrest owned and operated between 1854 and 1860. As a slave trader, Forrest sold thousands of enslaved men, women, and children at the site. It is believed that most ended up on plantations in the Mississippi Delta region. The trade occurred next to Calvary Church, which had been built in 1843 at the corner of Adams and Second. The property owned by Forrest is now part of the church’s parking lot.

Confronting the true history of Forrest the slave trader (The Commercial Appeal)

At the corner of Adams and B.B. King in Downtown Memphis, a sign marks the site of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s antebellum home. “Following marriage in 1845,” the marker states, “he came to Memphis, where his business enterprises made him wealthy.” What the sign neglects to mention is that his home stood adjacent to his business enterprise — Forrest’s slave yard.