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B.B. King’s Mississippi gravesite getting memorial courtyard

Nearly seven months after blues legend B.B. King died, his Mississippi gravesite is being turned into a serene spot where fans can pay their respects.

A ceremony Friday will unveil a black granite marker that will become the centerpiece of a memorial courtyard outside the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola.

The courtyard, with benches, eventually will be surrounded by walls that alternate between solid panels engraved with song titles and wooden slats that allow breezes to pass through the space.

King was 89 when he died May 14 at his home in Las Vegas. He was buried two weeks later at the museum in Indianola, the hometown where he continued to play annual concerts until a year before his death.

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