"'When you grow up in the South, you hear all the time about your "heritage," like it's the greatest thing there is,' he says. 'When I hear that word, I think of grits and sweet tea, but mostly I think about slavery and racism, and it pains me. Newt Knight gives me something in my heritage, as a white Southerner, that I can feel proud about. We didn't all go along with it.'"
In anticipation of the new movie Free State of Jones, Richard Grant in Smithsonian visits Jones County, Mississippi.