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In 'Fulton Blues,' Corey Harris Resurrects Memories Of Southern Neighborhood


By NPR Staff

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

A new album by bluesman Corey Harris pays tribute to one Southern neighborhood with a particularly haunted past.

Fulton Blues is named for a district in Richmond, Va., that was once home to a large number of the city's middle class African-American families. But by the 1960s, Fulton had fallen on hard times. Its scenic views of the James River and easy access to downtown made it a target for "urban renewal," as it was euphemistically called in the Virginia Statehouse. The residents of Fulton were evicted and the neighborhood was razed.

When Harris moved to Richmond a few years ago, he began to learn about its history and set to work on writing his latest collection.

Listen to a selection of his music and Harris' interview with Jacki Lyden, host of weekends on All Things Considered, by clicking the audio link at the top of this page.

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