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Monday, July 16, 2007

Elmore James Blues Marker

Join the Mississippi Blues Commission and the Canton Convention and Visitors Bureau/Black Heritage Committee on Tues., 7/17, 3:30pm for the dedication of the Elmore James/Hickory Street Blues Trail marker. Hickory Street, known locally as "The Hollow," was a hub of social life, commerce, and entertainment for the African American community of central Mississippi for several decades, up through the 1970s. Canton's most famous blues musician, Elmore James, performed often in the local cafes and clubs. James also learned the electronics trade by working at Robert's Radio Repair on Hickory Street, and he developed a powerful and original electric blues style. The ceremony will be held on Hickory Street or in case of rain, the ceremony will be held at Canton Welcome Center, 147 N. Union St.