11-11-11 was a special day in more ways than one. Last Friday, Oktibbeha County was honored with a Blues Trail Marker. The marker is located at 206 Fellowship St. in Starkville within 50 feet of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum. the marker is at the corner of Hogan and Fellowship.
Members of the hot, regional blues/soul group, The Flames, participated in the ceremony of unveiling. WMSV, The Juke (91.1 FM) radio personality ‘Frisco Kid’ was on hand as well. The Blues Trail marker was the 145th placed in various locations throughout the United States (the biggest majority in Mississippi). Two are already located in Columbus (one at the site of the old Queen City Hotel where B.B. King and many other legendary bluesmen played many years ago. Another at the Corner of Catfish Alley and College Street). One is located in Crawford celebrating Big Joe Williams and others. One in West Point (for Howlin’ Wolf), and one in Macon (Willie King and others).
The Mississippi Blues Trail is sponsored by The Mississippi Blues Foundation and Commission. Mississippi Blues Trail tags are also available for purchase at local tax offices for an extra fee (the money helps the Mississippi Blues Commission). For more information on the Mississippi Blues Trail, visit their website at www.msbluestrail.org.