The Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, whose mission is to inform, educate, and celebrate Mississippi as the birthplace of America’s music, is a statewide organization with a long history of recognizing artists connected to the music of Mississippi. The organization’s activities include inductions into the Hall of Fame, festivals, archival collections, tourist maps, blues in schools, music history curriculum in schools, publications, and web site resources.
Currently, the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame museum is located in the Jackson/Evers International Airport. This facility has an estimated 60,000 visitors a year. There is no charge for admission.
The MMHOF is proud of its contribution to the state’s musical history and musicians. Its slogan, Mississippi birthplace of America’s music, is now at every highway entrance into the state and in all welcome centers. The slogan is also used in publications by the Department of Tourism. The hall of fame has also produced a Mississippi Music Tourism Sites map with 122 locations in the state for music lovers to visit.
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Legendary Musicians CD and Book
The Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame has compiled information on more than two hundred great Mississippi musicians in this 267 page illustrated book. All musical genres are covered from gospel to country to classical to jazz. With cover notes from Leontyne Price, Pat Fordice and James Blackwood, the book is filled with information on well known as well as behind the scenes musicians with roots in Mississippi. With Mississippi as the birthplace on America's music, the book is a documentation of the musicians whose art has changed the world.
In addition to the book, a CD is available that gives a sample of the state's great musical heritage. Artists include: Charlie Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, Leake County Revelers, James Blackwood and the Blackwood Brothers, International Sweethearts of Swing, Skeets McWilliams, Mundell Lowe and Lloyd Wells, Little Milton, Dee Barton, Mississippi Mass Choir
The book was published by Quail Ridge Press and the CD produced by Malaco Records for the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. All proceeds benefit the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, enabling them to continue their salute to the legends and legacy that are Mississippi music.