Wednesday, July 21


The Last Kings of Cotton Row from Thomas Gregory on Vimeo.

For those of you who have traveled to Greenwood, Mississippi, on your own or as part of the SFA's annual Delta Divertissement, you might remember Hambone, shoeshine impresario at the Cotton Row Club and regular man about town. He always wore a stylish hat and had a smile for all. Hambone passed away on June 28 at the age of 72. The streets of Greenwood are a little less lively.

The Last Kings of Cotton Row is a short film that was produced by Matt Boyer in 2009 and is a wonderful portrait of the Cotton Row Club on Ramcat Alley in Greenwood, where Hambone held court for twenty-five years.

For more on the Cotton Row Club, visit our 2003 oral history interview with Stacy Ragland, the Cotton Row Club's previous owner,  that is part of part of our Greenwood Restaurants oral history project.