This distinguished panel helped our editors determine the inaugural class of Heroes of the New South.

By Erin Shaw Street
February 06, 2012
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Southern Livingsalutes the keepers of our culture.
Photo: Robbie Caponetto

William Ferris
Senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Gerri Combs
Executive director of South Arts, Atlanta; panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts; board member of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

John T. Edge
Director of Southern Foodways Alliance, Oxford, Mississippi; James Beard Foundation Award winner; editor of the foodways volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture; columnist for The New York Times

Jim Strickland
President and founder of Historical Concepts, Atlanta; 2010 recipient of the Arthur Ross Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art; member of the New Urban Guild