The Arts Center of Greenwood is teaming up with Lander University to provide a new series of faculty lectures for the community this coming fall and spring! The second lecture, being held on Tuesday, November 9 at The Arts Center of Greenwood, is entitled Reflections on Jackson Station by Dr. Dan Harrison!
Dan Harrison will present a lively lecture on a lively local place featured in his latest book, Live at Jackson Station: Music, Community, and Tragedy in a Southern Blues Bar. In the fast-and-loose 1980s, Jackson Station Rhythm & Blues Club in Hodges, South Carolina, was a festive late-night roadhouse filled with people from all walks of life who gathered to listen to the live music of high-energy performers. Housed in a Reconstruction-era railway station, the blues club embraced local Southern culture and brought a cosmopolitan vibe to the South Carolina backcountry. It offered an exciting venue for local and traveling musical artists, including Widespread Panic, the Swimming Pool Qs, Bob Margolin, Tinsley Ellis, and R&B legend Nappy Brown, who loved to keep playing long after sunrise. The good times ground to a terrifying halt in the early morning hours of April 7, 1990. A brutal attack—an apparent hate crime—on the owner Gerald Jackson forever altered the lives of all involved. Through his study of Jackson Station, Professor Harrison explores the uneasy coexistence of incongruent forces that have long permeated southern life and culture.
Daniel M. Harrison is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Government, Criminology, and Sociology at Lander University. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from Florida State University. His previous works include Making Sense of Marshall Ledbetter: The Dark Side of Political Protest published by the University Press of Florida.