Tuesday, 9 March 2010


Photo by Teddy Jackson, 2009.

The author revisiting Blind Willie McTell's grave at Jones Grove Baptist Church, Happy Valley, Thomson GA last October, during his tour of talks following the previous month's publication of the American hardback of Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes.

(In fact, as the book establishes, McTell was not born on May 5 1901 but on an unknown date between April 1903 and March 1904, though very possibly May 5 1903. The gravestone shown here, commissioned by the Atlanta journalist and crime novelist David Fulmer in the early 1990s, replaced the original stone, which had given him his final pseudonym, naming him as Eddie McTier - and giving his birthdate as 1898...)

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