A dusty patch of land marks the spot where her modest family home once stood and where she spent her earliest years.
Surrounding it are the fields where she endured backbreaking days picking cotton as a child, when she was not studying at her desk in a one-room wooden schoolhouse during the segregation era.
The cotton fields are still there. But the youngster left them far behind to reach for the stars… and international adoration as the undisputed Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
For this is the tiny community of Nutbush, deep in the gently undulating landscape of rural southwest Tennessee,…