Jimmie Rodgers Museum Celebrates 115th Birthday

People came out from all over the country, and all over the globe to the Jimmie Rodgers Museum. This is the second event this week celebrating the Father of country music's 115th birthday, and about 70 people visited the museum today free of charge.

"So far today we've had people from Wyoming and Korea and some West, but mostly here in Mississippi."

The museum holds many of Jimmie's personal items, including a tuxedo, letters, a film short, and a very special guitar.

"We have such things such as the world's most famous, most expensive, priceless guitar that's ever been made. That's Jimmie's guitar, his Triple O 45 we have here."

Perhaps the most interesting item in the whole museum is a quilt hanging on the wall. If you look closely, you'll notice autographs from music legends like Elvis, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson.

"We also have a quilt. It's signed by 191 different country music artists. Which of the 12 of them spent over 2300 hours making that quilt, each artist's signature, 191 of them."

The museum opened in 1976, and attracts people from all over the world and all different walks of life. The foundation is extremely thankful that people still care about, and want to learn more about Jimmie Rodgers,

"You wouldn't believe all the wonderful people that come in here. It never ceases to amaze me that people still love and respect country music thanks to Jimmie Rodgers."

The 60th Annual Jimmie Rodgers Festival will be held in Downtown Meridian in May.


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