Mississippi Sites

Ole Miss Blues Archive

J.D. Williams Library, University Mississippi 38677
Shelves at the Blues Archive at Ole Miss

Established in 1984 and located in the University of Mississippi's J.D. Williams Library, the Ole Miss Blues Archive houses a large collection of photographs, film, and long-playing records. With over 60,000 sound recordings, in most audio formats; over 20,000 photographs; more than 1,000 videos; over 34,000 books, periodicals and newsletters; and numerous manuscripts and ephemera, the Blues Archive houses one of the largest collections of blues recordings, publications, and memorabilia in the world, including B.B. King's personal record collection.

The Archive is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, except during selected University holidays.


Elmore James' Grave

2028 Newport Rd, Lexington Mississippi
Elmore James' headstone, upon which is written: 'ELMORE JAMES: KING OF THE SLIDE GUITAR, JANUARY 27th 1918 - MAY 24th 1963
Richland, Mississippi, slide guitarist Elmore Jameslearned his lessons in the Delta but was buried closer to home. Elmore James's grave is in the Newport Community Cemetery, behind the Newport Missionary Baptist Church near Ebenezer, Mississippi

Alamo Theater

333 North Farish Street, Jackson Mississippi

Exterior of the Alamo Theater
Jackson's Alamo Theater is a reminder of the popularity of the art deco style. It was here that longtime Muddy Waters pianist Otis Spann won a talent contest at the age of eight.

Trumpet Records

309 Farish Street, Jackson Mississippi

Exterior of the highly deteriorated Trumpet Records building
Celebrated blues label Trumpet Records had its recording studio here at 309 Farish Street in Jackson Mississippi. The first records by Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James were cut here. During the early 1950s, Trumpet recorded many bluesmen, often backed by Joe Willie Wilkins, the label's house guitarist.

Mississippi John Hurt's grave

Saint James Church, Carrollton Mississippi
Mississippi John Hurt's Grave
Mississippi John Hurt sang "Avalon is my home" on his 1928 record "Avalon Blues." He remained in Avalon, Mississippi, where he was rediscovered by blues researchers in the initial salvo of the 1960s blues revival. Mississippi John Hurt's grave rests in quiet seclusion on a hilltop near Avalon.

Last updated: November 2, 2017