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Offline crawlinkingsnake

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Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:36:49 AM »
Word is US Highway 51 in Copiah County, MS will soon be known as the Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway.  :)

see http://www.pomeroyblues.org/2014/01/05/cabin-fever-aka-winter-sucks/

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Re: Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 04:23:08 PM »
Excellent!

Offline crawlinkingsnake

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Re: Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2014, 06:23:46 AM »
Spoke with Tommy Johnson's niece Vera this morning. Even though the headstone has yet to be replaced, she says attitudes in and around Crystal Springs are becoming much more positive. Those involved appear to be seeing the benefits of promoting Tommy Johnson as well as other historic blues artists. (it's about time...) It was great to hear her so upbeat!  :)

Offline crawlinkingsnake

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Re: Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2014, 06:52:09 AM »
This one surprised me.  ??? Just received this week a reissue via Red Lick records Tommy Johnson/Ishmon Bracey- Canned Heat Blues, The Legendary 1928 Memphis Sessions.

http://www.redlick.com/

http://www.pomeroyblues.org/2014/03/20/tommy-johnsonishmon-bracey-reissue/

Offline crawlinkingsnake

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Re: Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2014, 08:00:20 PM »
wooohoo!  :DIt's now official thanks to the Mississippi state legislature.
Senate Bill 2601 says-
(1) That section of U.S. Highway 51 in Copiah County within the corporate limits of the City of Crystal Springs beginning from its intersection with Mississippi Highway 27 and extending southerly to its intersection with Pat Harrison Drive is designated and shall be known as the ?Tommy Johnson Blues Memorial Highway.?
(2) The Mississippi Department of Transportation shall erect and maintain appropriate signs along and approaching that section of highway designated in subsection (1) of this section.

Offline Gumbo

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Re: Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2014, 06:17:55 AM »
Good news  8)

Hopefully this will stimulate some interested conversation along Highway 51!

Offline crawlinkingsnake

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Re: Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2014, 07:42:59 AM »
Highway 51 through Crystal Springs was officially dedicated yesterday (Thur Oct 30) as the Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway. Vera told us last night everything went great. Good crowd, excellent weather, etc. She was very excited and proud

news clip Fri Oct 31 http://www.newsms.fm/tommy-johnson-memorial-blues-highway-life-music-celebrated-crystal-springs/

Offline wreid75

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Re: Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2014, 08:23:25 PM »
nice that he is getting his due

Offline creightonblues1920

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Re: Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2014, 07:32:04 AM »
I sent an email to Vera johnson she never answered

Offline crawlinkingsnake

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Re: Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2014, 12:30:16 PM »
all I can say is "try her again". she's busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest.

plus I'll most likely speak with her soon and will tell her folks trying to reach out to her.

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Re: Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2015, 03:03:23 PM »
Cool!

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