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Visitors' center in Tunica offers intro to blues heritage

TUNICA — Mississippi has a small new museum dedicated to the state’s blues heritage.

Gateway to the Blues Museum opened this past week inside a visitors’ center on U.S. Highway 61 in Tunica.

It’s in a new building attached to a restored train depot that dates back to 1895.

Webster Franklin, president and CEO of the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the museum provides an introduction to the blues for people traveling south from Memphis, Tennessee and into Mississippi.

A news release says items in the museum were originally part of the Blues and Legends Hall of Fame Museum in the Horseshoe Casino. The artifacts are on loan from Caesars Entertainment, which donated the land where the museum sits.

 

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Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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