Po' Monkey's Juke Joint and the Snake-Holding Sheriff 6/21/07
Down a long gravel road in Merigold, Mississippi, off of Highway 61, is Po' Monkey's Juke Joint. Here 65 year old Po' Monkey, aka Willie Seaberry, lives and works in the fields by day. But each Monday and Thursday evening his home becomes the last authentic juke joint in the Delta. We thought we were lost, but as luck would have it, we found the sheriff parked on the road where he had just found a long king snake. He not only told us we were headed the right direction, but he escorted us to Monkey's and we went inside long enough to buy a tee-shirt and see for ourselves what photographer Annie Leibovitz had captured and made famous.