Adopted home to B.B. King
I find it fascinating to see this from the (old?) Billups
Plantation office/house along the(distant) roadside.
US 82 between Leland and Indianola. (Photo taken in October, 2004)
You know you're in the "south" when you get
rooftop advertising. Mini mall on US 82 on the eastside of Indianola.
(Photo taken in October, 2004)
Since when does police video surveillance insure my
safety? At least they have a sense of humor; smile....you're on
Back parking lot behind Alexander
Ave businesses. (Photo taken in October, 2004)
We interrupt the fun and frivolity with a solemn memorial.
There once was a school here and was used by civil rights workers
in the mid 60s. It was until someone firebombed it. Nothing remains
of the building, so this historical placard was placed here so
it would not be forgotten.
Along Oak St between
Garrard and BB King [I think, email
me if I am wrong](Photo taken in October, 2004)
Club Ebony. It's been in business since 1948. It was
once owned by a former mother-in-law of B.B. King's. (both facts
come from Steve Cheseborough)
Close up of the Delta Blues Trail monument for Club
Some Indianola architecture. Note the turrets at the
top of the former Indianola bank (turned Planters Bank)
Brick and metal siding. Egads!
I don't know what I find more amusing; the name "Thrash
& Trax" or the fluorescent yellow and orange color scheme.
The BB King Collection
At the intersection of Church and 2nd Sts is this photo
and placard concerning BB King.
You can barely make out the hand and footprints on
the right side of this photo from BB King.
in 1986, 20 years of sun, rain, and erosion have almost made those
prints disappear (and I'm not entirely sure what the date on the
A Bobby Whalen (on his own, or commissioned) went and
added this painting (in April of 2003) of BB King's guitar to
the corner monument.
The reason why this corner
was selected for the BB King tribute? BB King, as a teenager,
used to play gospel songs for tips here on the weekends (so says
BB). Photos taken in October, 2004.
A mural of BB King has been painted on this wall facing
the village green (near Percy and Alexander). Photo taken in October,
There is even a BB King Rd that goes through the (predomently
black) southside of Indianola. (Photo taken in October, 2005)
Back in the first weekend in June, 2005, in conjunction
with BB King's homecoming concert was the official groundbreaking
for the BB King Museum (see link below). According to the plans
shown at the Museum website, this building (behind the stage)
will be gone for a parking lot.
BB King takes an opportunity to speak to the crowd.
This is the cotton gin that BB King once worked at.
This will be rehabed and kept as part of the museum.
Another view of the cotton gin (this photo taken back
A local blues band was given the opportunity to play
before the ceremony. I do not know the name of the band.
The official groundbreaking for the museum. BB King
is in the middle. I have no clue as to the identity of all the
others in this photo I took.
Photos on this page were taken either in October, 2004
(and noted) or June, 2005
Indianola Chamber of
The official BB King website
BB King museum website
Page created on August 16, 2005/ last updated on February
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