Memphis Minnie


Memphis Minnie a/k/a Lizzie ‘Kid’ Douglas Lawlers is buried in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Walls, Mississippi, just thirty minutes south of Beale Street. The headstone memorial unveiling took place on the morning of October, 13th, 1996 in beautiful fall sunshine and was recorded for radio presentation by the BBC of London. The ceremony was attended by over 90 people including Minnie’s sister Daisy and 33 members of the extended Douglas family, many of whom had no idea of their relative’s powerful musical legacy. Bonnie Raitt financed the memorial stone which bears engraved roses and a ceramic cameo portrait.The headstone inscription was written by Minnie biographer Paul Garon: “The hundreds of sides Minnie recorded are the perfect material to teach us about the blues. For the blues are at once general, and particular, speaking for millions, but in a highly singular, individual voice. Listening to Minnie’s songs we hear her fantasies, her dreams, her desires, but we will hear them as if they were our own.”.

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