Welcome to Mississippi Delta
A long, low land of silent cotton plots bending under a severe sky, the Delta is a place of surreal, Gothic extremes. Here, in a feudal society of great manors and enslaved servitude, songs of labor and love became American pop music. It traveled via Africa to sharecropping fields, unfolding into the blues, the father of rock 'n' roll. Tourism in this area, which still suffers some of the worst rural poverty rates in the country, largely revolves around discovering the sweat-soaked roots of this original, American art form. Hwy 61 is the legendary road that traverses endless, eerie miles of flat fields, imposing agricultural and industrial facilities, one-room churches and moldering cemeteries.