Memphis Minnie honored with blues trail marker - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Minnie honored with blues trail marker

WALLS, Miss. (AP) - The latest performer to be honored posthumously with a blues trail marker is blues legend Memphis Minnie.

Mississippi Blues Commission's Heritage Trail Director Alex Thomas says this is the first blues marker to be unveiled in DeSoto County.

The Mississippi Blues Trail marker honoring Memphis Minnie will be unveiled Thursday at her gravesite at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Walls, Mississippi.

Minnie, born Lizzie Kid Douglas, was one of the premier blues artists of the 1930s and 40s.       She was known for her spirited, street-wise demeanor.

In 1980, Minnie and Bessie Smith were the only two women elected to the inaugural group of performers in the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame.

She died at the age of 76 in 1973.

Her grave remained unmarked until the Mount Zion Memorial Fund raised money for a tombstone in 1996.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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