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State erects second international Blues Trail marker in France

CAHORS, France — Mississippi’s second international Blues Trail marker was unveiled yesterday in Cahors, France. Malcolm White, director of Visit Mississippi, and Robert Terrell, director of operations at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, joined local officials for the unveiling. The event took place just before the opening of the 33rd Annual Cahors Blues Festival. White says in ...

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Five historic properties added to National Register

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A Mississippi turn-of-the-century car dealership, African American cemetery, two public schools, and a historic district are now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Department of Interior recently approved the listings on the recommendation of the Mississippi National Register Review Board. The Christian and Brough Building, one of the first automobile dealerships in Vicksburg, was built ...

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UMMC turns to Hood for opinion on moving unmarked graves

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is seeking an attorney general’s opinion on whether the state Department of Archives and History has authority over the medical center’s ability to relocate unmarked graves on its Jackson property. Officials with that agency say they can already answer that question — they don’t have any authority. The medical center found the ...

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City taking bids for project featuring Elvis Presley

TUPELO — The city of Tupelo will accept bids through May 29 for a project that officials say will connect the cultural roots of Tupelo with its downtown. The Federal Highway Administration and Mississippi Department of Transportation recently gave the city approval to seek bids for the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail project. The project includes construction of overlay, roadway and ...

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Entergy Mississippi gives $1M to two Jackson museums

A Mississippi-based utility has presented a hefty check to organizers of two museums earmarked for downtown Jackson. Entergy Mississippi Inc. has presented a $1-million gift to the 2 Mississippi Museums project currently under construction in Jackson, which includes the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO, said, “The museums will ...

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New Blues Trail marker to be unveiled in Tunica

TUNICA — The iconic Hollywood Café will be the newest site recognized with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker this week. The marker unveiling is scheduled for today at 5 p.m. at 1585 Old Commerce Road, Tunica Resorts. The Hollywood Café, both at this site and its original location in Hollywood, Miss., earned fame as a Delta dining institution but has ...

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Historic COFO building demolished due to structural problems

MERIDIAN — A building in Meridian that once served as a gathering point for those working to register blacks to vote and planning of civil rights activities in East Mississippi in the 1960s has been torn down. The Meridian Historic Preservation Commission and property owners authorized the demolition because of severe structural problems. It was demolished over the weekend. It ...

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History by candlelight

An event next month will offer “ghosts” from the past and a unique view of one of the most important historical places in the state. Vicksburg National Military Park will hold its Shadows of the Past candlelight walking tour on April 12. The tour covers about a mile long stretch road around the former visitor center on Pemberton Avenue near ...

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Beauvoir director, board members resign over 'direction'

BILOXI — The executive director Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis, and two members of the historic property’s board have resigned. Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great-grandson of the president of the Confederacy, said there was a disagreement on the direction of the property between his team and the Beauvoir board. Hayes-Davis resigned effective March 3. Hayes-Davis and his wife, Carol, ...

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Blues Trail marker ceremony moved due to weather

JACKSON — Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the location for today’s Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveilings has been changed. The markers for both Charley Patton and the Chatmon Family/Mississippi Sheiks will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at the Mississippi e-Center @ Jackson State University located at 1230 Raymond Road in Jackson. Live entertainment will be provided by Bobby ...

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