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

By Erin Shaw Street
Heroes of the New South Awards 2012
Southern Livingsalutes the keepers of our culture.
| Credit: 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