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Blues Marker placed in Hernando

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - They put their soul into their music, and created the blues.  The city of Hernando's proud heritage and a rich musical past was celebrated Wednesday the placement of a permanent Blues Trail marker.

"This is the 74th marker along the Mississippi Blues Trail," said Alex Thomas of the Mississippi Development Authority. WWe're paying homage to Gus Cannon, Robert Wilkins and Jim Jackson, all musicians of Hernando and DeSoto County."

The dedication ceremony was held in front of the Clifton Cotton Gin, where the marker was placed. The location is in the West End district, which was in the heart of Honky Tonk row, where people gathered at places like Mary's Cafe to unwind after a long week in the cotton fields.

Jim Seay owns the Clifton Cotton Gin, and hopes to one day revive the blues tradition locally.

"We think that would be a great stage and a place for having a blues festival and recognizing some of the artists that are still here," Seay said.

Lane Wilkins, the granddaughter of Robert Wilkins, said he would be very proud of this honor.

"He would be honored to be mentioned with one of the people he worked with, Gus Cannon. It would give him a great sense of honor," she said.

Thursday, the 75th Blues Trail Marker will be placed in Tunica in front of the old Abbay and Letherman cotton plantation, which was the boyhood home of blues icon Robert Johnson.

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