Meridian Gets Marker on Mississippi Blues Trail

Meridian, Miss. Meridian's Rhythm & Blues and Soul legacy was recognized Thursday with the newest marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. It was unveiled in front of Meridian City Hall.

Some of the people responsible for this musical milestone were in attendance, like Pat Brown, Patrice Moncell and Eddie Houston.

Moncell said she was ecstatic to learn that she would be part of history in her hometown and that she sings to make others happy.

"It makes me happy to see them happy," said Patrice Moncell Gathright. "You know, someone may come in from a job, sit at a bar, get a drink and be feeling down. And I can sing something that hits right there to the mark, and they have forgotten all about their problems."

"We put our heart and soul into what we do and there is no greater job that you could have than entertaining other people and other people enjoying what you do," said Patricia Rush Brown.

Others with Meridian roots honored by name on the marker are Jimmy Ruffin, who recorded 'What Becomes of the Broken Hearted' and the late David Ruffin, former lead singer of The Temptations.