Sounds like a place to visit sometimes. "Tradition" is not the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking of Southern US. First associations are more like former slaves, Baptists, funny dialect and barbeque.
Yet spend time in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Thibodaux, New Orleans, or Houston and you'll run into more Catholics than Baptists. Go to Dallas-Fort Worth and you'll run into Methodists, go to Virginia and there are Anglicans, etc.
Everyone has a funny dialect to someone else, technically.
There are so many parts of the world that had slavery, the fact that The South is associated with it far more than others is unfortunate.