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Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

“Ma” Rainey Home

 
 
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By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
1. “Ma" Rainey Home Marker
Inscription. Gertrude Pridgett “Ma” Rainey, 1886-1939, famed “Mother of the Blues”, lived in this house after 1935, during retirement in her native city. In 1904 she introduced “blues” as part of her traveling act. For 30 years her performances contributed to the growing popularity of this truly American music form. A pioneer female recording artist, she made 94 blues records for Paramount before 1928. At least 47 were her compositions. Managing her own band, she encouraged younger musicians including Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Fletcher Henderson, and Bessie Smith. Her grave is in nearby Porterdale Cemetery.
 
Erected 1988 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission and Friends of Ma Rainey.
 
Location. 32° 27.676′ N, 84° 59.182′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on 5th Avenue 0 miles north of 8th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 803 5th Avenue, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Spencer House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Friendship Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); First African Baptist Church
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By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
2. “Ma" Rainey Home Marker
(about 600 feet away); Ninth Street Branch YMCA (about 700 feet away); Holsey Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mildred L. Terry Branch Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Temple Israel (approx. ¼ mile away); “Columbus Stockade Blues” (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gertrude "Ma" Rainey - New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on May 27, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
2. Louis Armstrong & Ma Rainey performing - You Tube. (Submitted on May 27, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, Music
 
“Ma" Rainey Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
3. “Ma" Rainey Home Marker
Looking north on Fifth Avenue, toward downtown Columbus.
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By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
4. “Ma" Rainey Home and Marker
The home is now a museum, with exhibits from "Ma" Rainey's life.
Gertrude Pridgett “Ma” Rainey image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
5. Gertrude Pridgett “Ma” Rainey
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 656 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 21, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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