Mississippi Blues Trail markers are not restricted to the State of Mississippi. There have been Mississippi Blues Trail markers placed at locations outside Mississippi. This is one of them.
This marker is located on S. 3rd Street, outside the FedEx Forum, near Beale Street, in Memphis, Tennessee. Apart from Beale Street, nearby sites of interest for Blues fans include the Gibson Factory and the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum.
The marker reads:
“THE BLUES TRAIL: FROM MISSISSIPPI TO MEMPHIS – The bright lights of Beale Street and the promise of musical stardom have lured blues musicians from nearby Mississippi since the early 1900s. Early Memphis blues luminaries who migrated from Mississippi include Gus Cannon, Furry Lewis, Jim Jackson, and Memphis Minnie. In the post-World War II era many native Mississippians became blues, soul and rock n’ roll recording stars in Memphis, including Rufus Thomas, Junior Parker, B.B. King and Elvis Presley.”
Another Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Memphis is at 421 S. Main Street, commemorating the Blues Foundation. Sites of interest near the Blues Foundation marker include the National Civil Rights Museum.
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