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The old St. James Church/Hurt Family cemetery overlooking the old Avalon community in a quiet rural setting is the final resting place of legendary Bluesman "Mississippi" John Hurt.
"Pop" Staple was born in Winona, and the site is marked by a Mississippi Blues Trail marker.
Working Alpaca farm.
U-pick vegetables May through Dec., pumpkin patch, corn field maze, hay rides, games, agricultural education on corn, sunflowers, peanuts, soybeans, cotton, flower pollination with bees, bee observation, Pumpkin Chunkin' Festival held on the first Sat in Nov.
Albert King (1923-1992), who was billed as "King of the Blues Guitar," was famed for his powerful string-bending style as well as for his soulful, smoky vocals. King often said he was born in Indianola and was a half-brother of B. B. King, although the scant surviving official documentation suggests otherwise on both counts. King carved his own indelible niche in the Blues hierarchy by creating a deep, dramatic sound that was widely imitated by both Blues and Rock guitarists.
The long and remarkable life of B. B. King began near this site, where he was born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925. His parents, Albert and Nora Ella King, were sharecroppers who lived in a simple home southeast of here along Bear Creek. After his parents separated when he was four, King lived in Kilmichael and Lexington before moving as a teen to Indianola, which he referred to as his hometown.
This corner of Second and Church Streets is the site where B. B. King played on Saturday nights during his formative years. His signature, handprints, and footprints are embedded on the sidewalk here.
Riley B. King, who was born in the Delta fifty miles west of here in 1925, spent many of his formative years in Kilmichael in the 1930s and '40s before achieving stardom as "B. B." King. His first mentor on the guitar was the Reverend Archie Fair, who played while preaching at a local church. King credited his teacher at the one-room Elkhorn School, Luther Henson, with instilling in him dignity, independence, and hope, qualities that served King well during his long career.
The rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta and the life of bluesman B.B. King are told in this state of the art museum through film, interactive exhibits, artifacts, and activities.
Come visit these fascinating animals at the largest working emu farm in Mississippi. Emu oil, pain relief, skin care products, decorated eggs and emu meat are available. Call for a tour appointment.
THE OFFICIAL TOURISM RESOURCE FOR THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI