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R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum in Jackson?

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Imagine Jackson being home to the Rhythm and Blues music hall of fame! It could happen, but the capital city has some stiff competition.

Getting the hall of fame could give Farish Street a much needed boost. The one time thriving nine blocks feels like a ghost town; collapsed buildings, faded facades and few operating businesses.

"We love the area. We've been down here 75 years," said Farish Street business owner Geno Lee. "It's, hard. It's not easy making a living down here on Farish Street, but we love the area, we love the history of the area, plus this place is historic."

Lee's great grandfather opened the Big Apple Inn in 1939 on Farish Street. Today Lee is one of the few remaining business owners to appreciate historic spots like the Trumpet Records building. It was the first record company in the state to reach national stature.

The Sonny Boy Williamson paver out front reminds visitors Mississippi legends live strong. And that is why the founder of the Official Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame Museum, LaMont Robinson, wants to bring the state of the art museum to its roots.

Robinson, who is based out of Ohio, says five cities are in the running; Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis and Jackson. He says this is an opportunity to spotlight musicians like Bobby Rush, Charley Pride and Dorothy Moore.

"R and B would be helpful to the existing businesses that are down here on Farish Street and I think that we need that," said James Warren. "We need some type of entertainment down in this area."

"Hopefully it will be a phoenix to the area. Something arising back out of the fire," added Lee. "Of course we've heard a lot of things coming back to Farish Street in the past. We've been promised so many things in the past. And here it is thirty years later since I've been down here and nothing has happened. Anything positive about Farish Street is always good, so we have a museum coming, great I'm all for it."

Robinson says this could bring in thousands of visitors to Farish Street every year. The City of Jackson would not comment on camera today, but did release a statement saying they are happy about the possibility of the museum coming to the capital city.

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