19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Blues musician Elijah Newsome

Blues musician Elijah Newsome sits outside his Checker Shack in his hometown of Itta Bena, MS. For decades he and his friends have gathered at the small shack to play serious rounds of checkers. Newsome recorded and self-released a number of single on his own label in the 1980's, but remains largely unknown outside his community in the Mississippi Delta.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States of America
Copyright: © william steber