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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Larry Lee


Hot Tamale Heaven (main location)
1640 Hwy 82 East
Greenville, MS 38701
(662) 378-2240

A Greenville native, Larry Lee worked a passel of odd jobs before turning to hot tamales as his vocation. Now Larry sells his wares from a brightly painted tamale cart inside Bing’s County Market in Greenville. He hasn’t been at it long, but his electric personality has made him a confident and popular tamale salesman for Hot Tamale Heaven. Owned by the Harmon family, Hot Tamale Heaven has been in operation in Greenville since the 1970s. Larry holds the Harmons in high esteem and considers their product to be the “caviar of hot tamales.” And he has tasted a lot of tamales. Pay a visit to Larry’s cart and experience tamale vending the way is used to be all over the Delta. He’ll wrap you a dozen for the road.

Date of interview:
2005-06-22 00:00

Interviewer:
Amy C. Evans

Photographer:
Amy C. Evans

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