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100th Blues marker honors Cassandra Wilson

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jazz vocalist and Jackson native Cassandra Wilson is honored with the latest marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. 

The two time Grammy winner is known world wide for her Jazz vocals, but it is her exploration and background in the Blues that landed her a marker on the Blues Trail.

"The Blues is really the beginning of all popular music and Jazz," Wilson said. "Without Blues, you can't have Jazz."

"Her influences go deep back into the Blues," said Heritage Trails program manager Alex Thomas.   "If you listen to her music you can feel the Blues."

Wilson's marker was unveiled Thursday before a crowd at Jackson's Brinkley Middle School. The musician is no stranger to the halls of Brinkley. She attended 10th grade there and grew up on the same street.

On picking Brinkley for the marker sight, Wilson said, "It's really about the neighborhood, Shady Oak. There are wonderful people who live here. So many wonderful experiences I've had, as a musician, I've had growing up in this neighborhood. "

Some of those experiences were shared with longtime friend and State Senator John Horhn. "Brinkley was a special place for us, because we all expected to graduate from here," said Horhn. "But then integration occurred in 1970. We only went here one year."

Wilson's is the 100th Mississippi Blues Marker to be dedicated and the 8th in the city of Jackson. It will be placed permanently outside Brinkely Middle School.

"It's a great honor," said Wilson. "I'm deeply moved by it."

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