The Dockery Farms Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is raising matching funds to support a Mississippi Landmark Grant for the restoration of the Dockery Cotton Gin. All funds raised will be deemed tax deductible donations in excess of any goods or services the donor receives (donation letters will be provided). The Mississippi Landmark Grant has been awarded and work can commence as soon as matching funds have been secured. The Dockery Cotton Gin formed the economic heart of this Mississippi Delta plantation that was home to a group of pioneering Blues musicians including Charley Patton, Howlin Wolf, Son House, the Staples family and many others. Every year thousands of visitors come to Dockery from all over the world to experience this place where the blues began. The grant will allow the Cotton Gin building to be restored to the condition in which it was last used and it will fund the installation of lighting, railings, and walkways to make the building safe for visitors. A short explanatory film will also be produced. This project will help emphasize the relationship between the cotton economy and the community that lived at Dockery and from which those Blues musicians arose.
Risks and challenges
The Dockery Farms Foundation has previously restored a number of other historic farm buildings on the Dockery Farms Historic Site, including The Seed House, The Service Station, and The Cotton Shed. All of those projects were enabled by government or foundation grants like this one and matched with private funds. So the organization has a track record of execution on these sort of projects and The Service Station in particular was larger in scope and complexity than The Cotton Gin project. The only real risk is fundraising, and this Kickstarter will help us solve that!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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