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Highway 61

In the 1940s and '50s, Highway 61 was the freedom road
over which many, many African-Americans traveled north
to what they hoped would be a better life.
Some found it better; some found it worse.

But moving north offered hope, and many went searching.


Highway 61
by Beth Boswell Jacks

Blues Highway
Road of our daddies
Take us to Memphis
To Beale
To the low, mellow voices
Begging for eyes to see
Begging for ears to hear
Begging for hearts to love

Blues Highway
Straight and narrow
Take us to Memphis
Then north
To freedom, Lord, freedom
Away from the fields
Away from the dust
Away from the tears

And then
God willing
Bring us home

For beautiful pictures of Highway 61 and other Mississippi Delta and Deep South images, visit WILJAX.COM

And here's another picture and poem about Highway 61 here at USADEEPSOUTH.COM.

Editor of USADEEPSOUTH, Beth Boswell Jacks is the author of 3 books (Grit, Guts, and Baseball and Snippets I and II) and is also a weekly columnist for a number of Southern newspapers. Readers and editors may contact her at bethjacks@hotmail.com.
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