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Port Arthur in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Janis Lyn Joplin

(January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970)

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1. Janis Lyn Joplin Marker
A native of Port Arthur, famed blues and rock and roll singer Janis Joplin lived here with her family. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1960 and attended Port Arthur College and Lamar State College of Technology (Lamar University) in Beaumont. A liberal and outspoken free spirit, Janis rebelled against the conservatism of her hometown, and in 1962 she moved to Austin to study art at the University of Texas. She connected to the burgeoning Austin music scene and began singing in clubs around town, most notably at Threadgill's, a bar operated by Texas country singer and yodeler Kenneth Threadgill. With her raw and raspy singing style exhibiting the blues, jazz, country, cajun, gospel and soul music influences of east Texas and Louisiana, she was a popular local performer.

Searching for wider acceptance, Joplin moved to San Francisco in 1963 and quickly became part of the growing folk music and counter-culture movement of the 1960s. Her performances at the 1967 International Pop and Jazz Festivals in Monterey brought her widespread recognition. Her first album, Cheap Thrills, with the band Big Brother and the Holding Company,

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was a wild success even as her personal life became marred with alcohol and drug abuse. Later recording with the Kosmic Blues Band and the Full-Tilt Boogie Band, she was an international sensation by the end of the decade.

In August 1970, at the height of her fame, Joplin returned to Port Arthur for her ten-year high school reunion. Just two months later, she died of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol; her ashes were spread along the coast of northern California. Her final album, Pearl, released after her death, earned a gold record.

Marker is property of the State of Texas

Lower Plaque
Sponsored by

Port Arthur Historical Society
Jeff Hayes
Sam Monroe
Yvonne Sutherlin
T.J. Class of 1960
Carlita Zummo
Erected 2007. (Marker Number 13885.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is January 19, 1943.
Location. 29° 55.501′ N, 93° 55.686′ W. Marker is in Port Arthur, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker is on 32nd Street east of West Park Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4330 32nd St, Port Arthur TX 77640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hughen School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Harry Henry Choates

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(approx. 0.8 miles away); First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Of Port Arthur (approx. 1.9 miles away); Community Retirement Home (approx. 2.3 miles away); Site of Old Aurora (approx. 2½ miles away); The Woodworth House (approx. 2½ miles away); a different marker also named The Woodworth House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Sabine-Neches Canal (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Arthur.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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