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Mississippi John Hurt Museum burned to the ground; foundation believes it to be arson

The Mississippi John Hurt Museum in Carrollton honored the life and legacy of the bluesman (Photo courtesy of The Mississippi John Hurt Foundation)

Only hours after receiving landmark status, a Mississippi museum was burned to the ground on Wednesday.

Firefighters responded to the Mississippi John Hurt Museum Wednesday morning. Upon arrival, the museum was completely engulfed in flames and while the fire was put out, the museum’s building was completely lost.

“The Mississippi John Hurt Foundation regrets to inform you that the Mississippi John Hurt Museum was burned down early this morning – only hours after receiving landmark status,” the foundation said in a statement posted to social media.

While officials said no foul is suspected at this time, The Mississippi John Hurt Foundation feels differently. They believe it was an act of arson. John Hurt was a Black country blues singer and guitarist, who was born and raised in Mississippi.

“John Hurt has long been a symbol of kindness, and the museum has always been a reminder of his gentle soul. This vicious act of arson is devastating news,” the statement continued. “We will share more information about this hateful vandalism at a later time.”

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