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By Mark Hilton, September 14, 2014
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Mississippi (Sunflower County), Indianola — 147 — Albert King
Front Albert King (1923-1992), who was billed as "King of the Blues Guitar," was famed for his powerful string-bending style as well as for his soulful, smoky vocals. King often said he was born in Indianola and was a half-brother of . . . — Map (db m77319) HM
Mississippi (Sunflower County), Indianola — 49 — Church Street
Front Church Street catered to every need of the African American community during the segregation era, when most area residents worked in the cotton fields during the week and came to town on weekends. Church Street (also designated . . . — Map (db m77308) HM
Mississippi (Sunflower County), Indianola — 84 — Club Ebony
Front Club Ebony, one of the South’s most important African American nightclubs, was built just after the end of World War II by Indianola entrepreneur Johnny Jones (1907-1950). Under Jones and successive owners, the club showcased Ray . . . — Map (db m77307) HM
Mississippi (Sunflower County), Indianola — Freedom School Bombing
A building at this site serving as a Freedom School and headquarters for Civil Rights workers was firebombed and destroyed on March 5, 1965. The building, originally a Baptist school, had been donated to the Council of Federated Organizations . . . — Map (db m77314) HM
Mississippi (Sunflower County), Indianola — Giles Penny Savers Store
A store located at this site was owned and operated until 1988 by Oscar and Alice Giles, who were active in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the local Civil Rights movement. The store was firebombed on May 1, 1965, and heavily . . . — Map (db m77315) HM
Mississippi (Sunflower County), Indianola — Irene Magruder
At this site was the home of Irene Magruder (1898-1973), who was the first African American in Indianola to open her home to Civil Rights workers during Freedom Summer of 1964. Her efforts greatly influenced the Civil Rights movement in . . . — Map (db m77317) HM
Mississippi (Sunflower County), Indianola — Riley B. KingA Mississippi Musical Note — MS Delta Blues Trail
It was on this corner, when B.B. was just a young man of 17, that locals first heard the musician destined to become the "King of the Blues". On June 6, 1980, B.B. King placed his handprints and signature in the walk. — Map (db m77321) HM
Mississippi (Sunflower County), Indianola — Wayne and Minnie Cox Park
On this site was the home of Wayne and Minnie Cox. In 1888, Wayne Cox was elected alderman, the first African American to hold that post in Indianola. Appointed by President Benjamin Harrison in 1891, Minnie Cox is the nation's first known African . . . — Map (db m77322) HM
Mississippi (Sunflower County), Inverness — Inverness(“Green Pastures”)
Named by Mrs. W. McInnis, 1899. Incorp. a village, March 5, 1904. Proclaimed a town, July 31, 1914. Tornado of February 21, 1971, affected 79 percent of buildings and left 214 casualties. — Map (db m77159) HM
Mississippi (Sunflower County), Inverness — 68 — Little Milton Campbell
Front Little Milton Campbell, one of the world’s leading performers of blues and soul music for several decades, was born on the George Bowles plantation about two miles southwest of this site on September 7, 1933. Acclaimed as both a . . . — Map (db m77276) HM
Mississippi (Sunflower County), Moorhead — "Where The Southern Crosses The Yellow Dog"
At the start of the twentieth century, the rail crossing once located nearby was an important land transportation point. The junction of the Southern Railroad and the Yazoo Delta Railroad (the “Yellow Dog”) was established in 1897. . . . — Map (db m77207) HM
Mississippi (Sunflower County), Moorhead — 22 — Johnny Russell
Front John Bright “Johnny” Russell (1940-2001) was born and raised in Moorhead and went on to become a star of the Grand Ole Opry and a popular country recording artist, with such hits as “Catfish John” and . . . — Map (db m77168) HM

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