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Miss Margaret and Rev H.D. Dennis and their love is why we do this. Their simple message of All Are Welcome and Treat Everyone Equally are still relevant today and need to be shared with the world. I promised Miss Margaret on her death bed I would look after Preacher, and I promised Rev HD Dennis I would look after his palace and church bus. So I formed the Mississippi Folk Art Foundation and we need your help saving this Mississippi Treasure.<br />
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Picture the difference if we all donated just $10 dollars we could save this iconic folk art environment.<br />
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Rev. Dennis and Miss Margaret were my friends. I met them in early 2000 and immediately fell in love with them and their Palace. I was compelled to visit them over the next 10 years while I photographed them and just listened to their wisdom they had to share. They shared with me their simple life lessons that are still relevant today- God has no white church, he ain't got no black church-He got one church- And ALL are Welcome. They also taught me to treat folks the way you want to be treated, and that everyone is equal. These simple lessons need to be shared for future generations to learn. After Margaret's death on October 5, 2009 at the age of 94, I promised her I would look after Preacher and when he died on September 4, 2012 at the age of 96 I promised him I would protect his creation and their Palace. I attended both of their funerals and there isn't a day that goes by I do not think about them or what I have learned from them. I hope with your help we can save this Mississippi Treasure and restore this folk art icon to its original glory.<br />
<br /> Ms. Altman is the Founder and Director of the Mississippi Folk Art Foundation a non profit, that is dedicatd to preserving Margaret's Grocery. A visionary outdoor folk environment in Vicksburg Mississippi.