Chinese Grocers in the Mississippi Delta

An alternative to plantation commissaries and catering to a predominately African American clientele, the Chinese American grocer was a mainstay in many Delta neighborhoods well into the 20th century.

Ramp Fingerprints

Ramp suppers in the mountain state are a homespun community effort, officially dating back at least 75 years.

Dub’s Burgers in Athens, Alabama

Dub’s staff practice a delicate shuffle behind the tight counter to take orders, wait on to-go orders, handle order tickets, fry and wrap burgers, fill drinks, and hold court.

Cerealburgers at Pat’s Cafe in Selmer, TN

Until the Slugburger Festival in Corinth, Mississippi became popular, the burgers in Selmer were always known as “cerealburgers” because they are mixed with soymeal grits, which have the consistency of cereal.

Meet Dr. Franklin Penn

When railroad work took Charles Franklin Penn to Florida where he slept in a tent with alligators visible everywhere, he decided a new career was in order.