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Latest Mississippi Blues Trail Marker Unveiled in Clinton

The latest Mississippi Blues Trail marker was unveiled today in Clinton. It highlights the contributions of Black churches through the generations of blues and gospel music. The marker, which is located at 499 Clinton-Tinnin Road, is entitled, “From the Church to the Blues: A Clinton Legacy.”

“Our communities of faith are as deeply rooted in Mississippi culture as the blues music that is such a significant part of our artistic legacy,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray. “We are always proud to highlight the contributions of Mississippi artists, and this memorial is an important reminder of the faith that is so integral to that legacy.”

The marker unveiling ceremony included remarks from Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher, Mississippi broadcaster Walt Grayson, Clinton blues artists Eddie Cotton, Jr. and Jarekus Singleton and blues poet and educator Sterling Plumpp.

“When added to our growing number of Historic Trail markers and Freedom Trail markers, we are bringing the history of Clinton to life, giving people of many interests a reason to visit,” said Mayor Fisher. “The musicians that labored in relative obscurity for years are now receiving their just due for creating and maintaining the music that has influenced so many other genres of music.”

The marker’s location is the former location of Club Sumner Hill, where Clinton residents once gathered to listen to blues music.