Friday, February 7, 2020

The Restored Headstone of Sonny Boy Williamson II

The restored headstone - All Photos by Alan Orlicek

In December 2019, the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund set out across the state of Mississippi to check up on the memorials we have erected over the past 30 years. Along the way, we conducted new research, surveyed several cemeteries, and visited the gravesites of several musicians whose graves have not been maintained for decades.

Thus, we recently commissioned master stonemason Alan Orlicek to repaint the lettering and level the detached headstone of Sonny Boy Williamson II in Tutwiler, MS. Indeed, we learned about several maintenance issues at other cemeteries containing the graves of blues musicians, and we have several ongoing projects to mark the graves of artists such as Nathan Beauregard, Zula Van Hunt, Roosevelt Graves, and many others!

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The seriously unmaintained marker as we found it in December 2019

The damaged cameo of Sonny Boy Williamson II
The restored cameo of SBWII

After forty years, all sorts of organic material can attach itself to stone markers!

Moving six hundred lbs of granite can be quite a challenge!!! But we packed 200 lbs of concrete under the base and leveled the marker!

The repainted and restored back of the marker

1 comment:

  1. T., all I can do is "View" the articles. There isn't an "Edit" option.