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This park contains the gravesite of Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.
The first Mississippi Delta Blues Festival was held on October 21, 1978, here at Freedom Village, a rural community founded as a refuge for displaced agricultural workers. In 1987 the festival moved to a location closer to Greenville.
A folk art sculpture garden where life size frogs and other amphibians are displayed.
Make your first stop in Tunica the all-new Gateway to the Blues Visitors Center, located at the entrance of the Tunica Resort area along U.S. Highway 61. This new center, housed in an original 1895 train depot, is your exclusive source for up-to-the-minute information about Tunica.
In 1927, the Mississippi River broke through the levee north of Greenville flooding the Delta. A new levee system, longer and taller than the Great Wall of China, was constructed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.
On May 28, 1961, a Greyhound bus with nine Freedom Riders aboard arrived here, the third group of Riders into Jackson. The first two came on Trailways buses May 24. That summer 329 people were arrested in Jackson for integrating public transportation facilities.
Eddie Lee "Guitar Slim" Jones brought new levels of energy and intensity to electric guitar playing with his raw, incendiary approach in the 1950s. An impassioned singer and a flamboyant showman, Jones was best known for his classic recording "Things That I Used To Do." Documentation of his early years is scant, but according to biographies, he was born in Greenwood on December 10, 1926. His father, Sam Jones, later lived on Race Track Plantation and is buried in the Salem M. B. Church Cemetery here.
Honors musicians Gus Cannon, Robert Wilkins and Jim Jackson. Gus Cannon wrote "Walk Right In", which was recorded by the 1960's folk group Rooftop Singers. Blues artists Robert Wilkins and Jim Jackson were Hernando natives.
Part of the Mississippi Blues Trail, Hickory Street, known locally as "The Hollow", was a hub of social life, commerce, and entertainment for the African American community of Central Mississippi for several decades, up through the 1970's. Canton's most famous blues musician, Elmore James, performed often in the local cafes and clubs. James also learned the electronics trade by working at Roberts Radio Repair on Hickory Street. His experiments with sound technology led him to develop a powerful and original electric blues style.
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