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  • Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977)
    Elvis Aaron Presley , in the humblest of circumstances, was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillbor...
  • CPO(Chief Petty Officer) Vernon Marshal Mathews (1941 - 2013)
    Updated 1/25/2020(CLM) Note: Photo of VMM in a Marine uniform was allowed even though he was in the U.S.Navy. Vernon M. Mathews(VMM)AKA Pop was third of seven children of whom four are still living. Po...
  • John Lewis, US Congress (1940 - 2020)
    He put it this way on Twitter in 2018: “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of ...
  • Russell Van Mathews (1942 - 2017)
    Update (CLM) 10/3/2020: Find A Grave 192969524 LAKE WALES - Van Mathews of Lake Wales, Florida passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at his residence. He was born October 14, 1942 in Eloise, Florida t...
  • William Arthur Mathews (1933 - 2006)
    Update 10/6/2020 (CLM) : Find A Grave # 15795388 Loving Husband & Father & Uncle & Son. One Daughter and 4 Sons 3 Grand children. Will be missed by all. Cremated ashes with Family

A "shotgun house" is a narrow rectangular domestic residence, usually no more than about 12 feet (3.5 m) wide, with rooms arranged one behind the other and doors at each end of the house. It was the most popular style of house in the Southern United States from the end of the American Civil War (1861–65) through the 1920s. Alternate names include "shotgun shack", "shotgun hut", "shotgun cottage", and in the case of a multihome dwelling, "shotgun apartment"; the design is similar to that of railroad apartments.

A longstanding theory is that the style can be traced from Africa to Haitian influences on house design in New Orleans,[1] but the houses can be found as far away as Chicago, Key West, Florida, Ybor City, Tampa, and Texas. Though initially as popular with the middle class as with the poor, the shotgun house became a symbol of poverty in the mid-20th century.

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The shotgun house in Tupelo, Mississippi in which Elvis Presley was born

The shotgun house plays a large role in the folklore and culture of the south. Superstition holds that ghosts and spirits are attracted to shotgun houses because they may pass straight through them, and that some houses were built with doors intentionally misaligned to deter these spirits. They also often serve as a convenient symbol of life in the south.

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One of the more widely known references to a shotgun house is in the 1980 Talking Heads song "Once In A Lifetime". The first line of the song is

"And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack".[28]