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Vicksburg club and promoter honored

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Vicksburg's Blue Room was honored Wednesday with a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker. 

The marker also recognized club owner Tom Wince, Jr. who operated the Blue Room for more than 30 years. 

Wince was the most important blues promoter in Mississippi in the 1940s and 50's -- attracting musicians like B.B. King, Little Milton and many others. 

Wince booked bands through a network of nightclubs and halls across Mississippi and Louisiana. 

"The honor in which has been bestowed on us today really brings clear that my children, my grandchildren and all of the relatives of the Wince family should acknowledge this," said his son, Billy Wince. "That daddy, Tom Wince, accomplished something, not just for him and his family, but for the city of Vicksburg, the state of Mississippi." 

The Blue Room was a multi-purpose complex that included a ballroom, restaurant, gambling casino, guest rooms and living quarters for wince and some of his family. 

Wince died in 1978. His tombstone in City Cemetery is adorned with a large star similar to the one above the entrance to the club.

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