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Po’ Monkey’s artifacts sold in auction as collection

By JACK WEATHERLY SHONDA WARNER Willie Seaberry is gone but the stuff of his life isn’t. It’s together as a collection bought in a bidding process by Shonda Warner. Now she’s looking for a home for it, or a place to stay. “Hopefully there will be a number of renowned institutions interested in preserving this vernacular treasure,” she said. “There ...

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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 ...

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Fate of Po’ Monkey’s hinges on settlement of estate

By JACK WEATHERLY There are two questions about a historic Delta juke house: 1.) Can Po’ Monkey’s work without Po’ Monkey? 2.) Can the house be moved from the cotton field where it sprang up in the rich soil and culture of the Delta? Willie Seaberry, aka Po’ Monkey, died July 14, 2016. He had a life estate at the ...

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Po’ Monkey’s will rock the house again

By JACK WEATHERLY If you drive down a country road a mile or so west of Merigold next summer you might hear some familiar sounds above the crunch of the gravel beneath your tires. Not large farm machinery in the distance working the Delta land. It won’t be an illusion. It will be Po Monkey’s Lounge, the world-famous sharecropper’s shack turned into ...

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Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: CRAWDAD’s

Start a conversation about good places to eat in the Mississippi Delta, and you’re eventually going to mention Crawdad’s. The landmark in Merigold opened in the early 1980s as a takeout crawfish place. “That place has morphed into one of the finest eating establishments in the Delta,” said Rep. David Norquist, D-Cleveland, who said he’s been going to Crawdad’s “as ...

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