When: Sat., July 30, 2-4 p.m. 2016
This event looks into the history and culture behind juke joints, a gathering place made popular by African Americans in the early and mid- 20th century where musicians could perform and attendees could eat, drink, dance and socialize without outside pressures. Leading the discussion is businesswoman and “Delta Blues Queen” Mary Frances Shepard. For 34 years, Shepard and her husband Willie owned and managed the famed Club Ebony in Indianola, Mississippi. Club Ebony hosted both local and national performers including B.B. King, James Brown, Clarence Carter, Denise LaSalle, and Bobby Rush.