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PHOTO: Ole Miss Blues ArchivesLocated in the University of Mississippi's Barnard Observatory, the Ole Miss Blues Archive houses a large collection of photographs, film, and long-playing records. B.B. King donated part of his record collection to the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi in 1982. This collection is now housed at the Barnard Observatory in the blues archive.
PHOTO: grave of Elmore James near Ebenezer, MSRichland, Mississippi, slide guitarist Elmore James learned his lessons in the Delta but was buried closer to home. Elmore James's grave is in the Newport Community Cemetery, behind the Newport Missionary Baptist Church near Ebenezer, Mississippi.
PHOTO: Alamo Theater in Jackson, MSJackson's Alamo Theater, 333 North Farish Street, is a reminder of the popularity of the art deco style. It was here that longtime Muddy Waters pianist Otis Spann won a talent contest at the age of eight.
PHOTO: Trumpet Records former studio Celebrated blues label Trumpet Records had its recording studio here at 309 Farish Street. The first records by Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James were cut here. During the early 1950s, Trumpet recorded many bluesmen, often backed by Joe Willie Wilkins, the label's house guitarist.
PHOTO: back of Mississippi Fred McDowell's headstoneAlan Lomax's field recordings during the late 1950s brought the work of previously unrecorded Mississippi Fred McDowell to an appreciative audience during the 1960s "blues revival." McDowell's records featured stinging slide guitar and gravelly vocals. Mississippi Fred McDowell's grave is tucked away in a small churchyard near Como, Mississippi.

PHOTO: grave of Mississippi John HurtMississippi John Hurt sang "Avalon is my home" on his 1928 record "Avalon Blues." He remained in Avalon, Mississippi, where he was rediscovered by blues researchers in the initial salvo of the 1960s blues revival. Mississippi John Hurt's grave rests in quiet seclusion on a hilltop near Avalon.


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