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Place, Erased: A virtual listening session with the Gulf States Newsroom; watch replay

(l-r) Gulf States Newsroom managing editor Priska Neely moderates a virtual listening session for the "Place, Erased" series with Melyssa Owens, Drew Hawkins, Danny McArthur, Fran Summerlin and Marla Dickerson on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023.
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(l-r) Gulf States Newsroom managing editor Priska Neely moderates a virtual listening session for the "Place, Erased" series with Melyssa Owens, Drew Hawkins, Danny McArthur, Fran Summerlin and Marla Dickerson on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023.

Several towns across the South have suffered devastation due to major environmental shifts, both natural and man-made, erasing their once-thriving culture and community.

In “Place, Erased,” a series from the Gulf States Newsroom, reporters Danny McArthur and Drew Hawkins examine the journeys of three towns — Easonville, Alabama, Revilletown, Louisiana, and Clermont Harbor, Mississippi — the former residents who were pushed out and the people fighting to keep them alive.

You can watch a replay of a listening session hosted by Gulf States Newsroom managing editor Priska Neely on Dec. 14 below.

During the session, reporters Danny McArthur and Drew Hawkins introduced their stories from the series and discussed them with guests Fran Summerlin, co-founder of the Save Chandler Mountain activist group in Chandler Mountain, Alabama, Marla Dickerson, a lawyer and former resident of Revilletown, Louisiana, and Melyssa Owens, a bartender at Harold & Lillian's in Clermont Harbor, Mississippi — where Hawkins was for the event.

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