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Leland, Mississippi Historical Markers

 
Birthplace of Kermit the Frog Marker image, Touch for more information
By Dawn Bowen, October 10, 2008
Birthplace of Kermit the Frog Marker
Mississippi (Washington County), Leland — Birthplace of Kermit the FrogLeland, Mississippi
Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, grew up and played along Deer Creek during the years 1936-1948, exploring its flora and fauna from here to Stoneville. Sometimes he was joined by his friend, Kermit Scott. These experiences and fond memories . . . — Map (db m12942) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Leland — 7 — Corner of 10 and 61
Front A major source of income for blues artists in the first half of the 20th century was tips. This corner, formerly the intersection of highways 10 and 61, was a profitable spot, particularly on Saturdays when people from the . . . — Map (db m90131) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Leland — 76 — James “Son” Thomas
Front James Henry “Son” Thomas, internationally famed blues musician and folk sculptor, worked as a porter at the Montgomery Hotel, which once occupied this site, after he moved to Leland in 1961. Born in the Yazoo County . . . — Map (db m90136) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Leland — 109 — Johnny Winter
Front Guitar icon Johnny Winter’s emergence on the national music scene in 1969 created a sensation among rock and blues audiences. The first of his many hit albums for Columbia Records featured the song “Leland, Mississippi . . . — Map (db m90143) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Leland — 136 — Ruby's Nite Spot
Front Ruby’s Nite Spot, operated at this site by Ruby Edwards, was one of the most prominent blues clubs in the Delta during the 1940s and ‘50s. Edwards booked nationally known acts such as T-Bone Walker, Little Walter, and Little . . . — Map (db m90129) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Leland — 152 — Tyrone Davis
Front Tyrone Davis, one of America's most popular soul singers, was born on a plantation near Leland on May 4, 1938. Davis lived in Leland before moving to Chicago, where he began his career billed as "Tyrone the Wonder Boy." From 1969 . . . — Map (db m90130) HM

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