Since 2006, Flagg has climbed the ladder at Giardina’s in Greenwood, where he has developed dishes like Sweet and Salty Duck Confit Crostini. In 2013, he became executive chef of that storied restaurant.
De’Vante Wiley grew up in the Baptist Town neighborhood of Greenwood, Mississippi. In 2009, when he was just 16, he founded the Baptist Town Community Garden.
Recently, we re-introduced you to The Most Interesting Man in Greenwood, Spooney Kenter. Last week, our oral history workshop group paid him a visit. We ate lunch, and Fieldwork Group #3 conducted an interview.
I just spent a week in Oxford teaching students how to conduct an interview, connect with your narrator, and build trust. But I also tried to convince them of the importance of staying connected, of going back.
Meet Sylvester and Mary Hoover of Hoover’s Grocery & Laundry in Greenwood’s Baptist Town neighborhood, another one of our fieldwork visits from last week’s oral history workshop.
There are plenty of interesting people in Greenwood, Mississippi, but only one of them has been interviewed for the SFA on 3 different occasions and is part of the same number of projects in our online archive.
In the summer of 2003, I did my first-ever formal oral history project for the SFA: Greenwood Restaurants. That fall, we expanded our symposium programming to include a side trip to this part of our home state and launched the Delta Divertissement.
The very first formal oral history project I did for the SFA took me to Greenwood, Mississippi. It was 2003, and I was to document the restaurants in the former Cotton Capital of the World. There were some must-get interviews on my list, but the rest of the project was up to me.