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Rossville in Fayette County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

"Mississippi" Fred McDowell

1904 - 1972

 
 
"Mississippi" Fred McDowell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
1. "Mississippi" Fred McDowell Marker
Inscription.  Born in Rossville on January 12, 1904, Fred McDowell was one of America's eminent blues artists. His work, rooted in the Delta blues tradition, won him international fame. Of his unique bottleneck guitar style he said: "I make the guitar say what I say, if I play 'Amazing Grace,' it'll sing that too." His influence spread beyond blues to gospel and popular artists. He died in Memphis on July 13, 1972.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 147.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 35° 2.511′ N, 89° 32.606′ W. Marker is in Rossville, Tennessee, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 57 and Rossville Road (State Road 194), on the right when traveling west on State Highway 57. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rossville TN 38066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
"Mississippi" Fred McDowell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
2. "Mississippi" Fred McDowell Marker
. The Skirmish at Lafayette Station (approx. half a mile away); Collierville Christian Church (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Original Village (approx. 6.8 miles away); Collierville, Tennessee Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); Memphis & Charleston Railroad (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Wigfall Grays (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Battle of Collierville (approx. 6.9 miles away); History Of The Collierville Town Square (approx. 6.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. "Goin Down to the River". You Tube video of McDowell. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. "John Henry". Another video of McDowell. This features several close-ups of him working the guitar with his bottleneck slide. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. McDowell's Diskography. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,418 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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