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Hataway's Photography Class Visits Raymond

June 11, 2009

The road to Raymond wasn't long for Mississippi College students. The early June trip to the Hinds County city steeped in Mississippi history proved to be quite a learning experience for professor Michael Hataway's class.

For a few hours, his MC students shot loads of pictures as they visited the historic Hinds County Courthouse, the Episcopal church, and homes along Main Street. They went to to an old cemetery where Confederate soldiers from the Battle of Raymond are buried. Some of the names of the Civil War soldiers remain unknown today.

The five MC graduate students and one undergraduate are in Hataway's digital photography class in Self Hall. The pictures will be used by students later this summer in a Power Point production to show off their work.

There were many interesting sites they visited -including a Catholic Church that predates the Civil War. The Raymond courthouse was used as a hospital after the Battle of Raymond that occurred before the famous Civil War battle at Vicksburg in 1863.

This week, members of Hataway's class will visit the Mississippi agriculture museum on Lakeland Drive in Jackson. Future trips will take them to the Windsor Ruins near Port Gibson. They will also take photos of Church Street scenes in the Claiborne County city, the one Union General Ulysses Grant declared was too beautiful to burn. They also will visit an ancient church at Rocky Springs off the Natchez Trace Parkway. They will tote their cameras to each outing.

"It is good experience and helps them sharpen their skills," Hataway said Wednesday. The art instructor and head of MC's graphic arts program, Hataway taught black and white photography for more than 20 years before joining the MC faculty a few years ago. He's taken his students from Hinds and MC to different locations around the Magnolia State to shoot pictures. "I've shown them the techniques about how to do different things."

The Wednesday road trip to Raymond was a scorcher, with temperatures soaring into the low 90s. "We were all sweating," said Hataway, a Raymond resident who's an alumnus of Hinds Community College and Mississippi College. "But we got it done."

With gas prices soaring lately, Hataway and the students managed to make the trip with just two vehicles. Getting back to the Clinton campus, Hataway needed a few minutes to relax and recover.The Jackson native downed four glasses of iced tea to quench his thirst.

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