Paul on the Road to Natchez: Resurrection and Conversion in the Christ-Haunted South Open Access

Button, Mary Elizabeth

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Paul on the Road to Natchez: Conversion and Resurrection in the Christ-Haunted South
By Mary Elizabeth Button
Paul on the Road to Natchez is a project that is comprised of both paintings and essays in
which the conversion of Paul is imagined at various sites along the Natchez Trace. In
each of the fifteen pieces in the series, well-know images of Saul's conversion (some
from art history, others from family Bibles) have been reproduced within an illustration
of sites along the Natchez Trace. Saul's journey to Damascus, and the blinding light of
the resurrected Christ that transforms Saul into Paul, provides the narrative structure for
the project.


Paul on the Road to Natchez: Conversion and Resurrection in the Christ-Haunted South
By
Mary Elizabeth Button
Bachelor of Fine Arts
New York University
2006
Thesis Committee Chair: Rev. Barbara Day Miller, M.Div
A thesis submitted to the Faculty of the
Candler School of Theology
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of
Master of Theological Studies
2011

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

LaSalle Claiming Louisiana for the French 17

Dancing on the Island of Dominica 21

George Colbert of Colbert's Ferry 26

St. Paul of the Camellia 33

The Lily-Pure Maid of Astolat 38

Windsor Ruins 43

Camp Meeting 49

Mount Locust Inn and Plantation 55

St. Paul of the Kudzu 60

Tobacco Farm 64

Siege of Vicksburg 67

Emerald Mound Site 72

Rosalie 74

Rocky Springs United Methodist Church 79

Daniel Boone Escorting Travelers Through the Cumberland Gap 83

Conclusion 83

Bibliography 88

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