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By Steve Masler, June 17, 2017
Albert King Marker
Mississippi (DeSoto County), Southaven — 147 — Albert King
Albert King’s readily identifiable style made him one of the most important artists in the history of the blues, but his own identity was a longtime source of confusion. In interviews he said he was born in Indianola on April 25, 1923 (or 1924), and . . . — Map (db m105007) HM
Mississippi (DeSoto County), Southaven — Charley Patton
Charley Patton has been called the Founder of the Delta Blues. He blazed a trail as the music’s preeminent entertainer and recording artist during the first third of the 20th century. Born between Bolton and Edwards, Mississippi, in April 1891, . . . — Map (db m105041) HM
Mississippi (DeSoto County), Southaven — Club Ebony
Club Ebony, which opened for business around 1948, was built over a period of years by John Jones, who purchased the property in November of 1945 with his wife Josephine. In a 1948 memoir, Jones wrote: "It is said to be the South's largest and . . . — Map (db m104465) HM
Mississippi (Desoto County), Southaven — Dockery Farms
Dockery Farms, one of the most important plantations in the Delta, was founded in 1895 by William Alfred “Will” Dockery (1865-1936). Dockery purchased thousands of acres bordering the Sunflower River and worked for years to clear the . . . — Map (db m104690) HM
Mississippi (DeSoto County), Southaven — Hubert Sumlin
Hubert Sumlin grew up in Mississippi and Arkansas hearing his churchgoing mother admonish him for playing “the devil’s music”—the blues. But he found out, after sneaking in some blues licks on his guitar in church, that the sounds . . . — Map (db m105046) HM
Mississippi (Desoto County), Southaven — Living Blues
Living Blues, the first American magazine dedicated exclusively to the blues, was founded in 1970 by seven young enthusiasts in Chicago. Cofounders Amy van Singel and Jim O’Neal became owners and publishers of the magazine in 1971, operating it . . . — Map (db m104661) HM
Mississippi (DeSoto County), Southaven — Po' Monkey's
According to Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry he opened a juke joint at his home in this location in 1963. Seaberry (b. 1941) worked as a farmer and operated the club, where he continued to live, at night. By the 1990s Po’ Monkey’s was . . . — Map (db m105044) HM
Mississippi (Desoto County), Southaven — The Peavine Branch
The "Peavine" branch of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad met the Memphis to Vicksburg mainline at this site. From the late 1890s through the 1930s, the "Peavine" provided reliable transportation for bluesmen among the plantations of the . . . — Map (db m104681) HM

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