Celebrating the Church Mothers of the Delta
In honor of Mother's Day, we are celebrating a group of women in the Mississippi Delta who anchor their communities as only a mother can.
Jewels in the Delta
My grandmother died 20 years ago. I never thought about taking her photo or recording her voice when she was alive. When you're young you think you're going to live forever, and you assume your family will too. I didn't know that I would miss her increasingly. Read more.
Alysia Burton Steele is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor. She hopes to publish her book Jewels in the Delta this summer.
Mrs. Florida B. Smith
Matriarch of: 10 children, 29 grandchildren, 9 great-grands, 4 great-great grands
Mrs. Easter L. Sharp
Matriarch of: 2 children, 1 stepdaughter, 3 grandchildren, and 13 great-grands
Mrs. Lillian Mathews
Matriarch of: 1 child and 5 grandchildren
Mrs. Ora D. Jackson
Matriarch of: 5 children, 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grands, and 4 great-great-grands
Mrs. Velma T. Moore
Matriarch of: 15 children, 145 grandchildren, 33 great-grands, and 23 great-great-grands
Mrs. Tennie S. Self
Matriarch of: 5 children, 15 grandchildren, and 9 great-grands