A personal essay about one man’s musical journey to the place where it all began for him, and his battles to reconcile modern day values with the racial struggles and discrimination past times and past places. This “Personal Place Essay” was submitted for American Literature (ENGL 2130) in February 2023.

This piece was written in response to an assignment that asked students to write a personal essay based on a place to which they are connected. An experience in that place is the foundation of the essay; this experience is woven together with detailed description, reflection, and analysis of both a literary setting from a class reading and a non-class work that they selected.