The Poutin’ House

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The Poutin’ House

by Harvey H. Jackson III
Southern Cultures, Vol. 19, No. 2: Summer 2013

"There, every Wednesday, my Daddy presided over what those assembled called 'prayer meeting,' because that was what it wasn't."

All across the South, Wednesday night is when the faithful gather for “prayer meeting,” that midweek pause to remind the Lord that the faithful are still faithful. However, there was a time not so very long ago, if a stranger came into the southwest Alabama village of Grove Hill on Wednesday night and asked where prayer meeting was being held, instead of a local church, they might have been directed to an innocent-looking building behind a red-brick ranch bungalow, about a mile and a half west of town.