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Bowling Green in Caroline County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Cephas

(1930–2009)

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, July 26, 2014
1. John Cephas Marker
Inscription. Born in Washington D.C., John Cephas grew up there and in Caroline County. He was influenced at an early age by his mother's singing. A cousin taught him the highly syncopated and danceable guitar style now known as Piedmont Blues, which employs a complex, finger -picking approach. Cephas performed at rural dance parties and developed his rich voice as a gospel singer. He and harmonica master Phil Wiggins made numerous award-winning albums and performed all over the world, earning the W. C. Handy Award as Blues Entertainers of the Year in 1987. Cephas received the coveted National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1989.
 
Erected 2014 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-230.)
 
Location. 38° 3.305′ N, 77° 21.028′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Virginia, in Caroline County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (Business U.S. 301) and West Broaddus Avenue (Route 207), on the left when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Also at this intersection is Fredericksburg Pike (Virginia Route 2). Marker is at or near this postal address: 268 N Main St, Bowling Green VA 22427, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles
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By J. J. Prats, July 26, 2014
2. John Cephas Marker
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Star Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Caroline Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Caroline County, Virginia (approx. 0.3 miles away); Campaign of 1781 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Caroline County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Caroline County World War I Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Milford Station (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
 
Also see . . .  John Cephas and Phil Wiggins — Richmond Blues.

There is a short interview after the performance.
(Submitted on July 27, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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