A Walk Amongthe Tombstones
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This is the first scene of a rough draft for the graphic biography of Charley Patton. For the past three years, the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund has worked with historians, ethnomusicologists, genealogists, novelists, and the descendants of Patton and his siblings to expose the multitude of myths and racial stereotypes that fill the pages of most volumes about his life and career. Not only have we discovered a mountain of never-before-seen marriage certificates, death certificates, military pension records, land deeds, and other government records, but we have synthesized them with the most recent historical scholarship detailing the lived experiences of African Americans. Anti-racist at its core, the biography has no single author; rather, it is collaboratively written and designed by an inclusive creative team from diverse backgrounds. The expected date of publication is November 2022.