Shannon Evans earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the Mississippi University for Women, and she once worked as a full-time faculty member at a former segregationist academy in her hometown of Columbus in Lowndes County, Mississippi. Shannon lost her job in the aftermath of “critical race theory” hysteria, however, and she has re-dedicated herself to preventing the silencing of African American History as the Vice President of the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund. She served as a research and community engagement specialist for the American Historical Association-funded pilot project to build the WebAtlas of African American Burial Grounds, and she looks forward to expanding upon her successful project implementation strategies in Lowndes County, where she documented over 120 cemeteries. Shannon also expanded the WebAtlas to include cemeteries in Washington and Carroll Counties through funding from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.
Shannon worked with Mary Frances Hurt to design a large, granite historic marker for St. James MB Church Cemetery, and she oversaw its fabrication and installation by Columbus Marble Works. For more info, please read her blog post HERE.
Shannon is currently working on a graphic history project with historian Dr. DeWayne Moore and Hungarian graphic artist Csaba Mester about the life and musical legacy of Delta blues artist Charley Patton.
Shannon has successfully closed a $62,000 grant from the American Historical Association and a $29,500 grant from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, and she has assisted in the submission of numerous other grant proposals to continue her work for the MZMF.
Shannon compiled and submitted the preliminary paperwork to add the home of Mississippi John Hurt to the official list of MS Landmarks.
Shannon worked with the Carroll County Visitor’s Bureau, the mayor of Carrollton, and Mary Frances Hurt to design several wayfaring signs and install them at strategic locations leading to the historic home of Mississippi John Hurt.
Shannon went before the Mississippi Blues Commission with Mary Frances Hurt and convinced them to rewrite and relocate the blues trail marker of Mississippi John Hurt to the site of his historic home in Teoc, MS.
Shannon worked with Visit Mississippi to design and install a new sign at the turn onto St. James Church Road to direct visitors to the grave of Mississippi John Hurt in St. James MB Church Cemetery.
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Non-Fiction Editor 2021-2022
Mississippi University for Women’s Ponder Review Vol 5.1 and 5.2
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West Trade Review – Volume 12
Poet’s Choice Magazine – Summer Poems Edition
Pennsylvania English – Volume 40:2
The University of Baltimore’s Welter Online Journal
Barely South Review
About Place Journal
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