Delta Blues Inspires W.C. Handy - Cleveland, Mississippi
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 33° 44.647 W 090° 43.483
15S E 710766 N 3736110
Quick Description: Historical marker on the grounds of the Bolivar County Courthouse in Cleveland, Mississippi.
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date Posted: 2/16/2008 3:42:29 PM
Waymark Code: WM3633
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jdwms_1950
Views: 55

Long Description:

Delta Blues
Inspires W.C. Handy

While leading his orchestra at a dance on this site c.1905, Handy was unable to perform requested blues numbers.  A local band stepped in and stole the show. "My enlightenment came in Cleveland.  That night an American composer was born," he wroe.  Handy later penned such blues classics as Memphis Blues and St. Louis Blues. - text of marker

Date Installed:: 1997/01/01

Organization that placed the object:: Mississippi Department of Archives and History

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