Restoration works begins on the cotton gin

Thanks to all the donors who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign, we reached our goal and have begun work refurbishing the cotton gin.

The gin formed the economic heart of the Mississippi Delta plantation that was home to a group of pioneering blues musicians including Charley Patton, Howlin’ Wolf, Son House, Pops Staples, and many others. Every year thousands of visitors come to Dockery from all over the world to experience this history. Through a grant from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage area and your matching donations, we will be able to both preserve and interpret the gin for our many visitors. Keeping this site as authentic as possible and accessible to the public has always been paramount to us, and we appreciate everyone who shares in this mission.

January 19, 2018