New blues trail marker unveiled in downtown Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- A new marker for the Mississippi Blues Trail has been unveiled right here in downtown Meridian.

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The Meridian Blues and Jazz marker for the Blues Trail of Mississippi was dedicated Thursday on the corner of 5th Street and 25th Avenue. This is the 198th marker for the trail in the magnolia state. The Mississippi Blues Commission honors thirty blues musicians and figures with this sign including "Sonny" Williams and Eddie Houston.

One of the honorees talked to us about what it means for him to be recognized on the marker.

"Getting an honor on the marker, I was very, very shocked. Me being 29 years old, normally it's old legends, but he let me know he was pretty much proud what I'm doing as far as to blues and what I bring to the blues for a new generation," said Jamell Richerdson, a blues artist known as "The Gulf Coast Blues Boy."

The Mississippi Blues Trail was launched in 2006. You can download a phone app if you want to find out more information about sites in Mississippi.