Highway 61 and many smaller roads connect Mississippi Delta worlds and carry colorful travelers along their journeys by day and night. While driving through the Delta in 1968, I met C. L. Redwine, a local fruit and vegetable salesman, with one of his clients, Corine Gardner. I was struck by the handpainted signs asking, “Are you prepared to die?,” on Redwine’s truck and stopped to speak with them.
Redwine and Gardner gave me a glimpse into their worlds. They had known each other for many years, and Gardner told me how grateful she and her family were for the fresh produce they purchased from Redwine. The dramatic religious signage on Redwine’s truck suggested that he was on a mission. His produce was only a part of what led him on his journey through the Delta. We spoke on a road in Coahoma County.