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Po’ Monkey’s items to be auctioned

By JACK WEATHERLY

Po’ Monkey was not a rolling stone.

He stayed put for decades in a shack on flat Delta farmland near Merigold.

Willie Seaberry (aka Po’ Monkey) left the house for the last time in July 2016.

But his spirit is still in much demand.

In fact, the decorations in his juke house will be sold in auction on Oct. 1.

It will be treated like Po’ Monkey – take him for who he was, or not at all.

In other words, the auction will be for the whole shebang except for the shack where he lived for decades and had a house party on Thursday nights. His day job was driving a tractor on the Hiter plantation.

Seaberry’s heirs decided after much negotiation to settle the estate by selling it altogether.

That’s everything but his professional name and image. The family will retain rights to them. And you will have to pay for the privilege of using them, according to Daniel Morris of Cleveland, attorney for the family.

Right now, Park Hiter, who owns the shack, says he is undecided about what to do with the stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

Merigold (population 400) is interested in moving it to town as the centerpiece of the Monkey Days Festival, which has been held on the anniversary of his death, July 14, for two years.

Head Auctions and Realty of Flora, will handle the sale.

William Head said he has definitely been in a juke joint or two, though he has never auctioned one, or at least the contents and accoutrements such as exterior signs, which is where all the fun starts.

Interest in the collection has been widespread, said Morris.

Potential bidders from Japan, Ireland, the East Coast, San Francisco and Austin have inquired about the sale, Morris said.

“One group wanted to buy it and donate it to the African-American Museum in Washington, D.C.,” Morris said.

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