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Margaret’s Grocery and Market

Margaret's Grocery and Market was transformed from a simple grocery to a red and white beacon by Reverend Dennis, who hoped that this would help him proclaim the Word of God more easily. Although it is no longer open, the grocery remains as a unique art experience.

Photo Courtesy of Kelly Ludwig

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=margarets_grocery

The Stories

Located north of downtown Vicksburg on old Highway 61, Margaret's Grocery is a unique vernacular art environment created by Reverend H.D. Dennis. Margaret Rogers Dennis ran the former country store for years. When she met and married Reverend Dennis in the early 1980s, he promised her that he would transform her simple store into a place that the world would come to see. Although the site is no longer open as a store, the Grocery has attracted visitors from around the world to experience Reverend Dennis' creation...

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Credit to: Mississippi Folklife and Folk Artists Directory

http://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=margarets_grocery

Their novel approach to grocery took you through a rather Byzantine-looking archway with an ornamental two-headed eagle as its keystone. In the words of its late owner Rev. H.D. Dennis, the symbol refers to a time when "there wasn't but two empires ruling the world: Josephus in the West and Caesar Augustus in the East. Caesar declared war on Josephus and took all his parts in the West. The eagle sees the sun rise in the East and, when the sun sets in the West and the eagle is looking at the sun when it sets, one man will rule all the entire world." Biblical scholars, of course, will recognize that this refers to... actually nothing that's in the Bible. It is indeed a symbol from the Byzantine empire as well as a Masonic Symbol from the 32nd Degree of the Scottish Rite. You have just discovered a lodestone in the glorious and beatific insanity that is outsider art in the Mississippi Delta...

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Credit to: Atlas Obscura

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/margarets-grocery-and-market


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