Mississippi Blues Trail


Mississippi Blues Trail
Marker for Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi[1]

The Mississippi Blues Trail, created by the Mississippi Blues Commission, is a project to place interpretive markers at the most notable historical sites related to the growth of the blues throughout the state of Mississippi. The trail extends from the border of Louisiana in southern Mississippi and winds its way to Memphis, Tennessee. One marker was recently erected in Chicago, Illinois, where many Mississippi-born blues musicians, like Muddy Waters, moved before becoming famous.[2]

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Implementation

The list of markers and locations has been developed by distinguished blues scholars and historians. The trail is being implemented in stages as funds become available. The National Endowment for the Arts has provided a grant for partial funding.[3]

More blues singers have come from the state of Mississippi, especially the Mississippi Delta, than all the other Southern States combined. These include Son House, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Muddy Waters, Skip James, Bukka White, John Lee Hooker, and B. B. King. [2]

The first marker was placed at Holly Ridge in 2005. It is dedicated to Charlie Patton as the "Father of the Mississippi Delta Blues".[4]

The second marker is located in front of the Second Whispers Restaurant on Nelson Street in Greenville, a stop on the chitlin' circuit in the early days of the blues.[5] This historic strip which in the 1940s and 1950s drew crowds to the flourishing club scene to hear Delta blues, big band jump blues and jazz.

The third marker ceremony was at the WGRM radio station location in Greenwood where B. B. King first broadcast.[5]

The Mississippi Blues Trail added the Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman) to its list of sites at 10 AM on Tuesday September 28, 2010; Parchman received the trail's 113th historical marker.[6]

Current markers

Mississippi State Penitentiary, one of the sites along the trail
Marker Name Marker Location
Ace Records Jackson, Mississippi
Alamo Theater/Dorothy Moore Jackson, Mississippi
Arthur Crudup Forest, Mississippi
B.B. King Birthplace Berclair, Mississippi
Bertha Lee Lula, Mississippi
Bo Diddley McComb, Mississippi
Broadcasting the Blues Gulfport, Mississippi
Cassandra Wilson Jackson, Mississippi
Charley Patton gravesite Holly Ridge, Mississippi
Chicago Chicago, Illinois
Church Street Indianola, Mississippi
Columbus - Catfish Alley Columbus, Mississippi
Dockery Plantation Dockery, Mississippi
Elks Lodge Greenwood, Mississippi
Elvis Presley and the Blues Tupelo, Mississippi
Frank Frost Lula, Mississippi
Henry Townsend Shelby, Mississippi
Hickory Street Canton, Mississippi
Highways 10 & 61 Leland, Mississippi
HoneyBoy Edwards Shaw, Mississippi
Howlin' Wolf West Point, Mississippi
James Cotton Tunica, Mississippi
Jimmie Rodgers Meridian, Mississippi
"Livin' at Lula" Lula, Mississippi
Magic Sam Grenada, Mississippi
Malaco Records Jackson, Mississippi
Memphis Blues Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis Minnie Walls, Mississippi
Mississippi John Hurt Avalon, Mississippi
Mississippi State Penitentiary Sunflower County, Mississippi
Mississippi to Alabama Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Mississippi to Helena Helena, Arkansas
Muddy Waters' cabin site Clarksdale, Mississippi
Nelson Street Greenville, Mississippi
Natchez Rhythm Club Natchez, Mississippi
Otis Rush Philadelphia, Mississippi
Peavine Branch Boyle, Mississippi
Pinetop Perkins Belzoni, Mississippi
Po' Monkey's Merigold, Mississippi
Rabbit Foot Minstrels Port Gibson, Mississippi
Red Tops Vicksburg, Mississippi
Riverside Hotel Clarksdale, Mississippi
Robert Johnson birthplace Hazlehurst, Mississippi
Robert Johnson gravesite Greenwood, Mississippi
Robert Nighthawk Friars Point, Mississippi
Rosedale Rosedale, Mississippi
Sam Carr Lula, Mississippi
Son House Tunica, Mississippi
Subway Lounge Jackson, Mississippi
Tommy Johnson Crystal Springs, Mississippi
Trumpet Records Jackson, Mississippi
WGRM Radio Studio Greenwood, Mississippi
Willie Dixon Vicksburg, Mississippi
W.C. Handy/Sonny Boy Williamson Tutwiler, Mississippi

Source: Mississippi Blues Trail official web site

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