What Mississippi county is perhaps more famous in fiction than in fact, though its reality also borders on the superb?
Lafayette County, the wellspring of William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha, along with the Delta, is Mississippi’s undisputed cultural jewel and is the home to renowned artists, writers, thinkers, politicians and the University of Mississippi (That’s Ole Miss, thank you).
Its famous people, its rich history, attractions and cultural background are far too well known and numerous to mention here. Yet despite Lafayette’s well justified reputation as a cultural and educational haven, one needs not wander too far out of its county seat, Oxford, to find the other Mississippi — rural, slower and filled with friendly, kindly, often colorful people upon whom Mississippi’s fame and the Democratic party are really based.
Lafayette County has a very active and committed Democratic Executive Committee, which is a prime mover in party politics.