Until now blues historians have only written about one Ralph Lembo Music Store, i,e, the one at 114 Humphries Street in Itta Bena. The Ralph Lembo store in Itta Bena was the only Ralph Lembo store that Mississippi Blues Travellers was aware of prior to today.
T. DeWayne Moore of the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund has contacted us today and told us about his latest research on Ralph Lembo. The Mt. Zion Memorial Fund has located an advertisement for the Ralph Lembo Music Store in a December 1928 issue of the Greenwood Commonwealth newspaper which shows that Ralph Lembo actually had three music stores in Leflore County at that time, rather than just this one store in Itta Bena which blues historians had previously identified.
Here is a copy of the December 1928 advertisement T. DeWayne Moore found in the Greenwood Commonwealth newspaper:
Here is a Google Maps image of 315 Carrollton Avenue, Greenwood, Mississippi taken in June 2016. It appears the original building facade is still in place but the interior was undergoing a major renovation in the summer of 2016.
Our thanks to T. DeWayne Moore of the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund for contacting us and providing us with a copy of the 1928 Ralph Lembo Music Store advertisement from Greenwood Constitution (shown above) and a heads up about this new historical research on Ralph Lembo.
The Mt. Zion Memorial Fund has raised funds to place grave markers on the graves of blues musicians whose graves were either unmarked or whose original gravestones had been removed or seriously damaged.
Some examples of the grave markers the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund has erected are:
Mississippi Fred McDowell grave at Hammond Hill Baptist Church cemetery near Como, Mississippi
Memphis Minnie grave in New Hope Missionary Baptist Church cemetery, Walls, Mississippi
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