Officials honor another metro area blues legend - - Jackson, MS

Officials honor another metro area blues legend

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Officials unveiled another marker on the historic Mississippi Blues Trail Monday.

It honors the late Mississippi blues legend Ishmon Bracey.

The new marker is located at Jim hill High School in Jackson. Officials chose the site because it's right across from the cemetery where Bracey is buried.

The capitol city has the state's highest number of markers on the blues trail. There are nine in Jackson, and 104 total on the trail.

The historic markers remind Mississippians they have a lot to be proud of, said officials.

"It's more important to educate individuals in Mississippi that these musicians came from our state, which is one of the poorest states in the nation, but were able to go out and make a name for themselves and make this blues culture so prominent all across the globe," said Alex Thomas, the heritage trails program director for the Mississippi Development Authority.

The markers are funded by a grant for the national endowment for humanities, as well as support from the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Delta State University, and the Mississippi Development Authority.

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