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Henry McKnight AKA Big Hen | Mapping a Modern MS

Big Hen is a rapper and producer from Natchez, Mississippi. He strives to be part of the evolution and propagation of Mississippi hip hop, incorporating Mississippi sounds and flavor into all he does.

“We all about creating. We’re like a big pot of gumbo. We mix things in. We’re not afraid to try new things. We don’t have too much to work with but we make a lot with what we have.” – Big Hen

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2016 by ModernMS

The Caboose Restaurant | Mapping a Modern MS

Dione Kinchen, joined by Pike County Arts Council Director Michael Gattuso, reflects on The Caboose Restaurant in McComb, Mississippi. Dione and her husband Lloyd Kinchen have operated a series of successful restaurants, and The Caboose takes the couple’s Louisiana menu and sensibilities and enmeshes them in the McComb community. As the name suggests, The Caboose embraces the railroad that is both an integral part of McComb’s history and a symbol of the town’s progress forward.

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016 by ModernMS

Tourology | Mapping a Modern MS

Rene Adams, Natchez, MS lifer, has worked in the Mississippi tourism industry since she was 22 years old. Having seen the changing times and the changing tourist, she created Tourology, which puts her own spin on the quintessential Mississippi experiences like the river and the blues.

“We’re taking this wonderful product of Mississippi and we’re putting an innovative, modern twist to it … where everything is where you can reach it, touch it, feel it.” - Rene

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016 by ModernMS

Old South Winery | Mapping a Modern MS

Originally started by Scott O Galbreath Jr. decades ago, Old South Winery was one of the first of its kind in Mississippi. Now, it’s a multi-generational family business using Mississippi muscadines to create a home-grown favorite. Even the decor is different, part Deep South hunting camp (complete with taxidermied trophy buck), part cutting-edge stainless steel.

“We have communion in here all day long,” says Diane Galbreath. “I think about God all the time. Because Jesus didn’t say you just sit in church to have communion; He just said every time you do this you think about me.”

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016 by ModernMS

Jean-Luc Charboneau | Mapping a Modern MS

Jean-Luc Charboneau and his family are owners and proprietors of Charbneau Distillery and Kings Tavern in Natchez, Mississippi. The businesses are a result of long-held dreams of craftsmanship and a respect for cultural preservation and place-making.

“We’re all about supporting local and supporting made in Mississippi -always focusing on the little guy, because we are the little guy. And we have to work together to take on the big guy.” - Jean-Luc

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016 by ModernMS

Dub Rogers | Mapping a Modern MS

Dub Rogers is a timeless character, an explorer who would be just as much at home in ancient Rome or Victorian England as he is in modern-day Natchez, where he owns two visionary cultural establishments: Steampunk Coffee Roasters - an altar to inspiring espresso, and Smoot’s Grocery - a music venue that provides a necessary haven for music from Mississippi and beyond.

“My fantasy was to go back to Natchez and find a small dilapidated building and to restore it and hang my shingle and to be the kind of shopkeeper you’d find in your travels in a little hidden away place.” - Dub

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016 by ModernMS

Natchez Brewing Co. | Mapping a Modern MS

Husband and wife team Patrick and Lisa Miller operate this small-batch micro brewery in Natchez, Mississippi. Patrick, a Mississippi native, brought his English better-half to the Deep South to make their own mark in the state’s burgeoning craft brewing landscape. At the insistence of the mayor himself, they located their brewery in Natchez’ historic downtown, and have become fixtures of the local scene.

“When I moved away I never thought I’d come back, but I did. And I think that’s happened more with the younger generation. They’re leaving, they’re coming back, and they’re bringing things from other parts of the country – and the appetite to have those things – to Mississippi.” - Patrick

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016 by ModernMS

Darrell White | Mapping a Modern MS

Darrell White is Director of the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture.

“What you’re usually told is that there was slavery and then there was Martin Luther King, with a tremendous gap of years in between where information is not readily available. We here at the museum try to pinpoint and expose many of those untold stories.” - Darrell White

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016 by ModernMS

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