It had been a while since our last visit to Moundville, so we brought the boys and visited the renovated museum (which is so much different from how the museum used to be that I’m not sure ‘renovated’ even does it justice).
It was a rainy day so these pics are dark, but this pic shows several of the mounds – there are about two dozen of them there. Moundville was the largest city in North America 800 years ago, with 1000 or so here and another 10,000 or so in the valley:
The chief’s mound, with a recreated hut on top:
The funny thing is that a university found my pics of the old dioramas online and asked permission to use a couple for a documentary they were doing!
If the first thing you think of in Moundville is…well, the mounds, obviously...then the second thing might be (my favorite book) Let Us Now Praise Famous Men which was based in the area. Fortune Magazine went back in 2005 for this article and The Atlantic ran their own article in April of this year.
I’ve mentioned this before but the NYT did their own Walker Evans drive-through last year, and also really good is this seven-piece set they did called ‘The Case of the Inappropriate Alarm Clock,’ after which this photograph is even more interesting.
Walker Evans, Library of Congress Call Number: LC-USF342- 008133