Not Forgotten Home of the Double-Headed Eagle The Visionary Vernacular Architecture of Reverend H.D. Dennis and Margaret Dennis B y a l i c o l l e e n ne F F [F]orms abstractedly embody the dynamic that identifies cultures and locates among a culture's products those that are best. Deep in forms abides the power by which culture knows, claims, shapes, and conquers the world. When cultures collide, their particular dynamics erupt into visibility. --Henry Glassie, The Spirit of Folk Art I am a black German. A-woo! I am a black Jew. A-woo! I am a black Japanese! --Reverend H.D. Dennis, Vicksburg, Mississippi V i c k s Bu rg, M i s s i s s i p pi The Gibraltar of the Confederacy erupts gloriously from the southern tip-edge of the flat Delta flood plain to guard the lush Mississippi cotton empire with its jagged bluffs. This remarkable landscape, according to the 1948 wpa guidebook, materializes with a "wild, rugged contour that has the appearance of distant castles, and . . . the air of a city in perpetual siege." Nearly twenty thousand white tombstones memorialize the bloody and decisive Battle of Vicksburg that
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Nov 7, 2010
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