Vicksburg • Nominated by Ella Goldsmith
“The Church of Christ is the Only One. All is Welcome. Jews and Gentiles. Here at Margaret’s Gro. & Mkt. And Bible Class.”
When Margaret Rogers married the Reverend H.D. Dennis in 1979, he committed himself to transforming her simple country store on Highway 61 into a wonderland of color and form to share his ministry. Using inexpensive materials such as cinder blocks, Christmas lights, Mardi Gras beads, and artificial flowers, the Reverend Dennis shared his theological views with visitors from around the world through his creative vernacular of artwork.
Since the Reverend and Margaret Dennis passed away several years ago, Margaret’s Grocery has been left to deteriorate. The roof is in poor condition and the many colorful signs, sculptures and ornaments are slowly being lost to time.
2017 Update-In Progress
The Mississippi Folk Art Foundation, dedicated to preserving and protecting Mississippi folk art, has started a Go Fund Me campaign to save Margaret’s Grocery. As of September 28, 2017, the organization had raised $2,985 toward its goal of $20,000. To donate, click here.