Near Lebanon in Wilson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Born near the community of Bellwood, in the 1920s and 1930s, DeFord Bailey won nationwide fame as the “Harmonica Wizard.” A founding member of the Grand Ole Opry, he was the first African American to win fame in country music. Through his phonographic records and broadcasts, he took the folk music of his rural family and community to a national audience. His famous harmonica solos, such as “Pan American Blues” and “Fox Chase,” are recognized as folk music masterpieces.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 135.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
Location. 36° 15.083′ N, 86° 7.183′ W. Marker is near Lebanon, Tennessee, in Wilson County. Marker is on Carthage Highway east of Old Rome Pike, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lebanon TN 37087, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Rome Ferry (approx. 2.9 miles away); William Haskell Neal (approx. 4.3 miles away); Morgan's Ohio Raid (approx. 7.7 miles away); Captain James Bradley (approx. 8 miles away); Tilman Dixon (approx. 8.4 miles away); Rest Hill Cemetery (approx. 8.9 miles away); Sellars Farm Site (approx. 9.1 miles away); Welcome to Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lebanon.
Also see . . . DeFord Bailey - The Complete 1920s Recordings. (Submitted on June 19, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 677 times since then and 129 times this year. Last updated on June 19, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.