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Map of Black Prairie

The Black Prairie region is part of a much larger prairie region that makes up Alabama's Black Belt. The rich soil of the region was ideal for cotton farming and large plantations developed in the area prior to the Civil War. Soybeans and cattle have since replaced cotton as the dominant crops in the Black Prairie. Cities of the region have grown to become some of the fastest growing in the state economically.

The region is probably best known artistically as the birthplace of Elvis Presley (in Tupelo), but the blues and gospel musicians of the region (including West Point native Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett) were an important part of the local culture that helped to shape Presley's musical outlook. Shape note singing, both in the black and white community, is also an important artistic tradition in the region



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