DAY 035 Herman 'Rosomo' Williams Rieux photographed exclusively for the 100 Men Hall People Project (100MHPP).
I remember dancing with all these women in here. I been coming since I was eight years old (87 years old now). I saw Otis Redding, Bobby Blue Bland, and BB King. All of them were here. It’s where they all got their start. Fifteen cents at the door. I used to come here to pay my old man’s dues, through the side door, where they kept the books. Dues were about 50 to 75 cents. I would come here on a goat and a wagon to pay papa’s dues. There was an Ice House across the tracks. I would ride a billy goat like a horse. I put a saddle on him. The goat knew his route even when I wasn’t with him. I used to pick up everyone’s ice. The goat would go on his own without me and deliver everyone’s ice without me if I stopped to talk. If the goat got home before me, I would be in trouble.
(Photo by: Gus Bennett | The 100 Men Hall People Project)
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