On a windy afternoon a few days ago I went to a depressed section of North Memphis to visit an old clapboard house that was once owned by a German immigrant named Jacob Burkle. Oral history—and oral history is all anyone has in this case since no written documents survive—holds that Burkle used his house as a stop on the underground railroad for escaped slaves in the decade before the Civil War. The house is now a small museum called Slave Haven. It has artifacts such as leg irons, iron collars and broadsheets advertising the sale of men, women and children. In the gray floor of the porch there is a trapdoor that leads to a long crawl space and a jagged hole in a brick cellar wall where fugitives could have pushed themselves down into the basement. Continue reading
Reposted with permission from the author, Luke DiStefano, a friend of mine. For pics from the show go to Gratefulweb.com ~ Lo
by Luke DiStefano
Published on 10/4/2007
Widespread Panic made their return to Memphis, this time with a new twist, a new guitarist and a few old tricks up their sleeve.