The Lost Culture of Maxwell Street

“There is an existential tradition within American Negro Life and, of course, that comes out of the blues and spirituals.”

— Ralph Ellison

I

t was an icy-cold Sunday afternoon in January as I devoured one of Jim’s Original Polish Sausages. The pungent open-air odor of grilled food wafted past my nostrils as hot onions, jalapeno peppers, and pitch-forked French fries clung to my mouth like blood-sucking leeches.

I thought about my beloved Uncle Miles Malone, who was born in 1908 in Greenwood, Mississippi. He moved to…

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store