The Mississippi Blues Trail, created by the Mississippi Blues Commission, is a project to place interpretive markers at the most notable historical sites related to the growth of the blues throughout the state of Mississippi. The trail extends from the border of Louisiana in southern Mississippi and winds its way to Memphis, Tennessee.
Como is one of the few locations along the Mississippi Blues Trail to be home to not one, but TWO markers. One honoring one of its most celebrated native sons, the late "Mississippi Fred" McDowell, renowned for his bottle-neck style of playing the guitar and for his soulful singing of "Highway 61" and other blues classics. The other is honoring Otha Turner, a master of the fife and drum who attracted an international following as a fife player, preserving a historic fife and drum music tradition that predated the Blues.
Handsome Blues Markers were installed on Como's Main Street median across from Como City Hall in May 2009 for McDowell and in August 2009 for Turner. For both unveilings Como's Historic Preservation Commission hosted a community-wide celebration in the Memorial Gardens adjacent to Como Public Library with performances by area musicians. Longtime friends of the musicians as well as numerous family members also helped organize the events.
For more information on the Mississippi Blues Trail and other markers in and around the state, visit them at www.msbluestrail.org/blues_trail.