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

Gertrude “Ma” Rainey

1886 – 1939

 

“Empress of the Blues”

 
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey plaque image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
1. Gertrude "Ma" Rainey plaque
Inscription.
Sang at the Springer Opera House from 1901
until 1925. She was the first black woman
to direct her own band and to record.
Bessie Smith was a pupil of "Ma" Rainey.

A Landmark of American Music

 
Erected 1983 by the National Music Council, Columbus College Bicentennial Committee and Exxon.
 
Location. 32° 27.373′ N, 84° 59.699′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker can be reached from Front Avenue south of West 6th Street. Touch for map. Located between the railroad tracks and the Chattahoochee Riverwalk (below). Marker is at or near this postal address: Front Avenue, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horace King (1807 - 1887) (here, next to this marker); Thomas Greene Bethune (here, next to this marker); Frontier Wars (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Boats (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Supply (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Columbus (within
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey plaque and stone. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
2. Gertrude "Ma" Rainey plaque and stone.
shouting distance of this marker); Soft Drinks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mass - Produced Ice Machines (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Ma Rainey. (Submitted on February 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. New Georgia Encyclopedia article on Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (1886-1939). (Submitted on February 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicNotable Persons
 
View looking south towards plaque on back left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
3. View looking south towards plaque on back left.
"Ma" Rainey (born Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett) image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain, 1916
4. "Ma" Rainey (born Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 255 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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