The Mississippi Blues Trail marker commemorating Howlin’ Wolf is in West Point, Clay County, Mississippi.

The GPS location of this marker is: N33° 24.786′ W 91° 03.114′

Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Howlin' Wolf, West Point, Clay County, Mississippi
Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Howlin’ Wolf, West Point, Clay County, Mississippi

The marker reads:

HOWLIN’ WOLF – One of the giants of post-World War II Chicago blues, Chester Arthur Burnett, aka “Howlin’ Wolf,” was born in White Station, just north of West Point, on June 10, 1910. In his early teens Burnett began performing in the Delta and was later a pioneer in electrifying the Delta blues. After moving north, Burnett nonetheless remained a strong presence on the Mississippi blues scene by returning home often for visits and performances.”

Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Howlin' Wolf , West Point, Clay County, Mississippi
Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Howlin’ Wolf , West Point, Clay County, Mississippi

In 1997, the Howlin’ Wolf Blues Society of West Point, Mississippi placed another Howlin’ Wolf memorial at this site, along with a bench in honour of Howlin’ Wolf’s widow, Lillie Handley Burnett (1925-2001).

Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Howlin' Wolf and the Howlin' Wolf Blues Society memorial, West Point, Clay County, Mississippi
Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Howlin’ Wolf and the Howlin’ Wolf Blues Society memorial, West Point, Clay County, Mississippi
Howlin' Wolf Blues Society marker for Howlin' Wolf , West Point, Clay County, Mississippi
Howlin’ Wolf Blues Society marker for Howlin’ Wolf , West Point, Clay County, Mississippi
Inscription on Howlin' Wolf Blues Society marker for Howlin' Wolf , West Point, Clay County, Mississippi
Inscription on Howlin’ Wolf Blues Society marker for Howlin’ Wolf , West Point, Clay County, Mississippi

Here are some videos of Howlin’ Wolf:

First, Mick Jagger and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones introduce Howlin’ Wolf on Shindig!, 20 May 1965

Smokestack Lightning, recorded in the U.K., 1964

Some Recommended Howlin’ Wolf Recordings

We’re currently recommending The Complete RPM & Chess Singles As & Bs 1951-62 on Acrobat Records.

CD cover, Howlin' Wolf, The Complete RPM & Chess Singles As & Bs 1951-62, on Acrobat Records
CD cover, Howlin’ Wolf, The Complete RPM & Chess Singles As & Bs 1951-62, on Acrobat Records

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