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c. 1820. The only building associated with a free African-American that dates to the late territorial or early statehood period. This frame cottage is a rare surviving example of the small residences that once dotted the streets of downtown Natchez.
Little Jr. Parker sang in gospel groups as a child, and played on the various blues circuits beginning in his teenage years. His biggest influence as a harmonica player was Sonny Boy Williamson, with whom he worked before moving on to work for Howlin' Wolf in 1949. In 1950, he was a member of Memphis's ad hoc group, the Beale Streeters, with Bobby 'Blue' Bland and B.B. King. Ike Turner signed him to Modern Records label where he came to the attention of Sam Phillips. He had a string of hits before his death on Nov. 18, 1971, at age 39, during surgery for a brain tumor.
This cultural preservation research resource center houses significant records of the late Margaret Walker Alexander.
This city library is located in the former neighborhood of Medgar Evers, first field secretary for the NAACP, on the street renamed in his honor. View his life-sized bronze statue. Evers was the first field secretary for the NAACP in Jackson, at the time of his death, June 12, 1963.
Memphis Minnie, one of the best female blues singer of all times, was among twenty performers inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980.
The Miller Memorial Center served as a public library and meeting hall for African-Americans prior to integration. It continues to serve the community as a meeting place for start-up churches.
c. 1833. The oldest African-American Baptist church in northeast Mississippi. Organized during slavery.
Organized in 1870 as the first African-American Baptist congregation in Yazoo City. Stained glass windows, balcony with Gothic lettering and stairway.
The second-oldest church and African-American cemetery in Jefferson Davis County. The church has been rebuilt. Guide is available. Red brick church.
"Muddy Waters" Blues Trail Marker was placed in Clarksdale, MS designating the site of Muddy Waters' cabin to commemorate his importance to the music industry, especially the blues. His birth name was McKinley Morganfield. He was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bandleader. He received six Grammy awards, five Blues Music Awards, and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1994 the U. S. Postal Service put his photo on the 29 cent stamp.
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