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Mississippi Blues Trail

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The City of Soul has a new site on the Mississippi Blues Trail as more of the city's musical pioneers get recognized. A crowd gathered at the corner of Gallatin and Capitol Streets Monday morning for the unveiling of the city's 10th marker.

The marker commemorates the Scott Radio Service Company Studio. At Ivan Scott's studio, he and Lillian McMurry famously recorded the first sessions of blues greats Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James, in the early 1950s. 

The Mississippi Development Authority along with the Mississippi Convention and Visitors Bureau organized the event which celebrated the Magnolia State's rich musical heritage.

Alex Thomas, who is the MDA's Music Development Program Manager, said it is important to commemorate the contributions of all of those who are behind the music.

"Just another milestone of being able to honor not only the musicians," Alex Thomas said. "We honor a lot of musicians on the trail, but some of the entrepreneurs and the business owners that made this industry what it was." 

The marker is the 109th in the state, and there are 116 overall.  Seven other markers reside across the country including Chicago and Memphis.

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