Southaven in Desoto County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
The Center for the Study of the Southern Culture, established at the University in 1977, acquired Living Blues in 1983. The Center’s director at the time was Dr. William R. Ferris, a Vicksburg native who wrote his doctoral dissertation on Delta blues traditions and was a contributor to Living Blues. O’Neal, who lived in Biloxi and Oxford as a child, and van Singel moved from Chicago
Ferris was also instrumental in establishing the University’s Blues Archive, which opened in 1984. Ferris arranged for his friend B. B. King to contribute his large record collection and for O’Neal and van Singel to donate the Living Blues Collection of records, photos, subject files, and memorabilia. Other major components of the Archive, which is housed at the J. D. Williams Library, include the Trumpet Records Collection, donated by Lillian McMurry of Jackson, and the Sheldon Harris Collection. The Archive has aided thousands of researchers and has been headed by archivists Suzanne Flandreau, Edward Komara, and Greg Johnson. The University has also offered courses on blues topics taught by Ferris, Peter Aschoff, Adam Gussow, David Evans, and others, and in 2003 began hosting “Blues Today: A Living Blues Symposium.”
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 56.17′ N, 89° 59.519′ W. Marker is in Southaven, Mississippi, in Desoto County. Marker can be reached from Airways Blvd. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Tanger Outlet Mall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5205 Airways Blvd, Southaven MS 38671, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hubert Sumlin (within shouting distance of this marker); Charley Patton (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peavine Branch (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dockery Farms (about 300 feet away); Po' Monkey's (about 300 feet away); Club Ebony (about 400 feet away); Albert King (about 400 feet away); Graceland (approx. 7.9 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southaven.
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