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Mississippi Bluesman Tommy Johnson Honored in Copiah County

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss.- Mississippi bluesman, Tommy Johnson, will be honored in Copiah County Thursday.

A segment of U.S. Highway 51 will be dedicated Thursday to Tommy Johnson at 1 p.m. at the intersection Mississippi Highway 27 and U.S. 51 in Crystal Springs.

The Legislature designated the segment of U.S. 51 beginning from its intersection with Highway 27 and extending south to Pat Harrison Drive as the “Tommy Johnson Blues Memorial Highway.”

Johnson was an influential American delta blues musician, who recorded in the late 1920s, and was known for his eerie falsetto voice and intricate guitar playing.

Tommy Johnson was born in 1896 near Terry. His family moved to Crystal Springs around 1910.

He died of a heart attack after playing at a party in 1956 and is buried in Crystal Springs.

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