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Monthly archive for June 2016

Bentonia Blues Festival 2016

44th Anniversary Bentonia Blues Festival Recap The 44th-anniversary Bentonia Blues Festival was well attended. The crowd came from all over the United States and from across the globe to celebrate the unique Bentonia style of blues that can still be heard at the Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia, Mississippi, and on the Holmes farm on the 3rd Saturday each June. The week full of events included an album release party for Jimmy “Duck” Holmes new album, released by Blue Front Records, titled “It Is What It Is.” Musicians came from New York, Minnesota, Missouri, and New Orleans, to name a few, just to be able to perform for and jam with Yazoo’s own Jimmy “Duck” Holmes at the Blue Front Cafe. The line-up for the festival on the Holmes farm north of Bentonia was equally as impressive, with performances by Sean Ardoin + Zydekool, Ms. Pleschette, Roosevelt Roberts Jr., Bill Abel & Cadillac

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Yaz Summer Blast

  Yaz Summer Blast presented by Yazoo City July 2 – July 3 Yazoo City, Mississippi, is presenting an exciting weekend of events for all! See below for a schedule of events, and don’t miss a minute of the FUN! Various vendors will be on site at each event, so be prepared for food, fun, drinks, and sweet treats! This is a weekend that no one will want to miss. Come out, enjoy and have a SUMMER BLAST! Schedule of Events: Saturday, July 2, 2016 10 AM Class Reunion Parade Main Street, Yazoo City Click Here to download the parade entry form in a new window. “It’s your thing, do what you want to do” Reunite with classes from 1945-2016! Celebrate your class pride AND our Country’s independence! 7 PM Fireworks Festivities Wardell Leach Park, 500 W 15th Street, Yazoo City Live music, Food, Fireworks DJ Ice Dawg, John Horton Blues Band,

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Yazoo County 10 Can’t-Miss Spots

10 Must-See Spots in Yazoo County, Mississippi Many people plan their visits to Yazoo County around our annual events. But Yazoo County is a great place to visit year-round for anyone who enjoys an off-the-beaten-path adventure, blues, architecture, shopping, ghost stories, outdoor activities including fishing and hunting, historic sites, natural wonders, or delicious food. Located just 35 miles north of the Mississippi capital of Jackson, Yazoo County is your first stop for a taste of the hospitality, culture, and unique stories that can only be found in the Mississippi Delta. Blue Front Cafe The oldest juke joint in Mississippi that is still in daily operation – possibly in the world – is located in the town of Bentonia in southern Yazoo County. The Blue Front Cafe was opened in 1948 by Mary and Carey Holmes and in its heyday was the spot for workers coming in from the fields for

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T.J. Huddleston, Sr.

T.J. Huddleston, Sr. Yazoo City, Mississippi – June 1, 2016 – Today we remember the life and legacy of one great Yazooan, Thomas Jefferson Huddleston, Sr., born June 1, 1876. A great orator and salesman with a gift for captivating his audience, he started a chain of funeral homes in Mississippi. In 1924, T.J. Huddleston, Sr., founded the Afro-American Sons and Daughters, a fraternal organization in Mississippi and one of the leading black voluntary associations in the state. Organized in 1924, it had 35,000 members by the 1930s. In 1928, the association opened the Afro-American Hospital of Yazoo City, the first hospital for blacks in the state. Dr. Lloyd Tevis Miller (L.T. Miller), co-founder of the Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association (MMSA), the state’s largest and oldest organization representing African American health professionals, was recruited by Huddleston to serve as the facility’s first director.  The hospital offered both major and minor

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