Murder With Southern Hospitality:
An Exhibition of Mississippi Mysteries

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Genesis Press

According to their website, Genesis Press is “the largest privately-owned African-American book publisher in the country.” Located in Columbus, Mississippi since 1993, Genesis has focused on the publication of interracial fiction, including romance and intrigue. Two of the authors included in this exhibit are Louisa Dixon and Jack Kean. Dixon’s crime series features Laura Owen, the feisty first female Commissioner of Public Safety and the Highway Patrol. The character echoes the actual career of Ms. Dixon who served in this capacity in Mississippi from 1988-1992. Jack Kean, a former Deputy Assistant Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Labor, based his novel around a racially motivated church burning in Mississippi.

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