Leadbelly - Huntsville, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX
N 30° 43.332 W 095° 33.080
15R E 255691 N 3401595
Quick Description: Interesting mural that looks like relief art to the casual observer.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 4/4/2021 10:42:40 AM
Waymark Code: WM14308
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 1

Long Description:
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"Local historians have cast doubt on the community’s claim that Huddie Ledbetter (“Leadbelly”) was ever imprisoned in Huntsville, but there’s no doubt he was imprisoned in Texas. His song, “Midnight Special,” evolved into a kind of anthem for inmates, for whom the titular train symbolized freedom. Haas’ “Leadbelly” mural on Sam Houston Avenue subtly elicits the community’s prison roots, while also making for an impressive south entry into Huntsville’s downtown."


The portrait of "Leadbelly" shows him in a suit in front of a microphone and playing a guitar. To the left of the portrait is his name and dates of his birth/death. Below that is a piece of music score.

City: Huntsville

Location Name: Reece Antiques

Artist: Richard Haas

Date: Unknown

Media: Painted on stucco

Relevant Web Site: Not listed

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