As part of our ongoing Southword partnership with NPR, we visited the crumbling Centennial Baptist Church in Helena, AR, which has deep roots in the African-American community. But poverty and other concerns in this Delta town have made raising restoration funds difficult — and the effort to keep the church in black hands has sparked tensions with local preservationists.
As part of our ongoing Southword partnership with NPR, we traveled with Jacki Lyden to Fort Pierce, Florida, to explore the stranger-than-fiction history of a group of black artists called "The Highwaymen."
The tabloid — with names such as "Cellmates," "Jailbirds," "Just Busted" — shows mug shots of those arrested every week in different cities around the country. In Arkansas, The Slammer sells 7,000 copies a week. But law enforcement says it doesn't help solve cases — it's just voyeuristic.
South Carolina's "first in the South" primary has a track record of picking the Republican presidential nominee. So you can bet the GOP contenders visit early and often, and a stop at The Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg is practically mandatory.