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Marker for Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi:: photo by Angela Jett
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 Mississippimarker. The trail extends from the border of Louisianamarker in southern Mississippi and winds its way to Memphis, Tennesseemarker.

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.

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.

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

The second marker is located in front of the Second Whispers Restaurant on Nelson Street in Greenvillemarker, a stop on the chitlin' circuit in the early days of the blues. 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 Greenwoodmarker where B. B. King first broadcast.

Current markers

Marker Name Marker Location
Bo Diddley McComb, Mississippimarker
Broadcasting the Blues Gulfport, Mississippimarker
Charley Patton gravesite Holly Ridge, Mississippimarker
Church Street Indianola, Mississippimarker
Columbus - Catfish Alley Columbus, Mississippimarker
Dockery Delta(N)
Elks Lodge Greenwood, Mississippimarker
Elvis Presley and the Blues Tupelo, Mississippimarker
Hickory Street Canton, Mississippimarker
Highways 10 & 61 Leland, Mississippimarker
HoneyBoy Edwards Shaw, Mississippimarker
Howlin' Wolf West Point, Mississippimarker
James Cotton Tunica, Mississippimarker
Jimmie Rodgers Meridian, Mississippimarker
"Livin' at Lula" Lula, Mississippimarker
Magic Sam Grenada, Mississippimarker
Memphis Minnie Walls, Mississippimarker
Mississippi John Hurt Valley
Muddy Waters' cabin site Clarksdale, Mississippimarker
Nelson Street Greenville, Mississippimarker
Natchez Rhythm Club Natchez, Mississippimarker
Otis Rush Philadelphia, Mississippimarker
Peavine Branch Boyle, Mississippimarker
Pinetop Perkins Belzoni, Mississippimarker
Rabbit Foot Minstrels Port Gibson, Mississippimarker
Red Tops Vicksburg, Mississippimarker
Riverside Hotel Clarksdale, Mississippi
Robert Johnson birthplace Hazlehurst, Mississippimarker
Robert Johnson gravesite Greenwood, Mississippimarker
Robert Nighthawk Friars Point, Mississippimarker
Rosedale Rosedale, Mississippimarker
Son House Tunica, Mississippimarker
Subway Lounge Jackson, Mississippimarker
Tommy Johnson Crystal Springs, Mississippimarker
Trumpet Records Jackson, Mississippi
WGRM Radio Studio Greenwood, Mississippi
Willie Dixon Vicksburg, Mississippimarker
Bertha Lee Lula, Mississippimarker
Sam Carr Lula, Mississippi
Frank Frost Lula, Mississippi
Alamo Theater/Dorothy Moore Jackson, Mississippi
W.C. Handy/Sonny Boy Williamson Tutwiler, Mississippimarker


Source: Mississippi Blues Trail official web site

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