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Mississippi Blues Trail maker honors William Ferris

May 29, 2019

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Historian and Vicksburg native Dr. William R. Ferris is being recognized with the placement of a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker in his honor.

The marker unveiled Tuesday honors Ferris, winner of two Grammy Awards for his documentation of blues and other folk legend. It was approved in March by the Mississippi Blues Commission. The Vicksburg Post reports it’s the 205th marker along the trail and sixth in Vicksburg.

Ferris, a professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill, recently received two Grammys for “Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris” for Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes. The 120-page book covers three decades of Ferris’s work and, as a result, he said, connects the otherwise disparate voices of musicians, artists and storytellers he’s worked with over the years.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com

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