On Fertile Ground

Kenneth Heard,

Most of the small farming communities in the Delta of Eastern Arkansas are now ghost towns – mere memories of once was – and subjects for the despairing blues music that came from the area.

But nestled among the cotton fields in Mississippi County is Wilson, a town created in the late 1880s for the sharecroppers and their families who toiled the land. It has seen successes over the years brought on by both farming and visionaries who believed in the town’s potential. (to read more, see page 116)