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Carrboro in Orange County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Elizabeth Cotten

1893-1987

 
 
Elizabeth Cotten Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 17, 2013
1. Elizabeth Cotten Marker
Inscription.  “Libba” Cotten composed, recorded “Freight Train” (1958). Key figure, 1960s folk revival. Born and raised on Lloyd Street.
 
Erected 2013 by North Carolina Department of Archives and History. (Marker Number G-129.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentWomen. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1958.
 
Location. 35° 54.64′ N, 79° 4.196′ W. Marker is in Carrboro, North Carolina, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and Roberson Street, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carrboro NC 27510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Navy B-1 Band (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Chapel Hill Nine (approx. 0.4 miles away); Journey of Reconciliation (approx. 0.8 miles away); Kuralt Building (approx.
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Photographed By Don Morfe, September 17, 2013
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0.9 miles away); University Florist (approx. 0.9 miles away); Carolina Coffee Shop (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Sawpit Site (approx. 0.9 miles away); Strowd Building (approx. 0.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Elizabeth Cotten on Wikipedia. Cotten was a folk and blues musician who was famous for playing the guitar upside down. Her signature playing style would be known as "cotton picking". Cotten worked mostly as a maid in her early adult years but would finally perform and record music in her 60s after being discovered by Pete Seeger. In the last years of Cotten's life, her work was nominated for major awards, including Grammys. In 2022, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Early Influence. (Submitted on May 5, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 783 times since then and 144 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 4, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 30, 2022