Rockdale Historical Society to have special guest June 20

Author and historian Ben Wynne will make a presentation to the Rockdale County Historical Society on June 20.

CONYERS — The Rockdale County Historical Society will host a program Thursday, June 20, led by special guest Ben Wynne.

Wynne will present, “A Forgotten Georgia Diva: The Life and Career of Lucille Hegamin, Blues Recording Artist of the 1920s.”

The presentation will be a treatment of the life and musical career of blues pioneer Hegamin.

A native of Macon, Hegamin sang in night clubs and on tour with her own band during the 1920s, and was among the first wave of popular recording artists in the United States.

Wynne, originally from Florence, Mississippi, earned an undergraduate degree at Millsaps College, a master’s degree in history at Mississippi College and a doctorate in history from the University of Mississippi.

He has taught at the University of Mississippi, Valdosta State University and Florida State University, and is in his 13th year as professor of history at the University of North Georgia in Gainesville, where he specializes in antebellum American studies, the American South and the Civil War era.

Wynne is the author of several books related to Southern history and culture, including “In Tune: The Man Who Punched Jefferson Davis: The Political Life of Henry Stuart Foote, Southern Unionist” “Mississippi’s Civil War: A Narrative History” and “A Hard Trip: A History of the 15th Mississippi Infantry, CSA.”

Wynne has contributed to more than two dozen historical reference encyclopedias and regularly reviews books for the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians as well as regional academic journals from around the country.

The presentation will be held at the Historic Rockdale County Courthouse at 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend.

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