Born in 1926 in Eden, Mississippi, Son Thomas spent is life in the Mississippi Delta and earned renown as a folk artist and a blues musician. Rex Miller took these photos of Thomas in 1989, just four years before Thomas’s death.
Entire islands dissolved. Old trees stuck in the river bottom shot up like gigantic spring-loaded spears. A twenty- to thirty-foot pulse of water pushed backwards up the river; ghost ships, their crews mysteriously missing, came floating back down.