The Town of Duck invites the public to attend the presentation “Voices of Mississippi” on Wednesday, June 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Paul F. Keller Meeting Hall located at 1200 Duck Road. A light reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. for attendees, sponsored by the Bias Speaker Series.
William Ferris was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1942. Growing up on a working farm, Ferris began at a young age documenting the artwork, music, and lives of the people on the farm and in his local community. The archive of recordings that he created and the documentary films that he had a hand in producing have served as powerful tools in institutions of higher learning for decades.
This watershed release represents the life’s work of Ferris, an audio recordist, filmmaker, folklorist, and teacher with an unwavering commitment to establish and to expand the study of the American South. “Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris” won 2019 Grammys for “Best Historical Album” and “Best Album Notes” for the 120-page booklet that accompanied the box set.
The Bias Speaker Series, in collaboration with the Town of Duck, will offer presentations throughout the year by educators, scientists, and community leaders on a variety of topics. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit townofduck.com, or call 252.255.1234.