BaptistSignWel.jpg (78214 bytes)Just East of the downtown section of Greenwood, MS and across the railroad tracks is the area known as "Baptist Town".  This area is known mostly to the people living on this side of the tracks and to some outsiders that are fans of Blues  music due to the fact that Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Country Blues, house1.jpg (58738 bytes) frequented this area and possibly died here on Young Street in 1938.  This poor African American neighborhood has suffered through most of it's existence with hard times and a short drive around this section today would indicate that hard times still exist for many of the residents.  Most of the buildings are shotgun houses of which only one-third are owned by single families.  Most of the housing is owned by absentee landlords.

 

 

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On July 14, 2009, a marker was erected in Baptist Town by the Mississippi Blues Trail.

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One of the businesses at 214 Young Street was  Hoover's Grocery/Cafeteria.  The current MarySylHoover.jpg (41127 bytes) owners of the building are Sylvester &  Mary Hoover.  The building was frequented by Robert Johnson in the 1930's and the Hoover's are active in keeping the history, myth, and legend alive.  Each year, Sylvester organizes several blues events on the street corner where Johnson played.  The Hoovers currently operate the "Back in the Day Museum"  which opened in February-2006.
An August 16, 2004 Blues Festival included Honey Boy Edwards  on the same street corner where Johnson and Honey Boy played in the 1930's.  Honey Boy Edwards was a frequent traveling companion of Robert Johnson.  Honey Boy stated that he was with a gravely ill, but alive, Johnson, in Baptist Town the night before Johnson died.

A Baptist Town Blues festival was held on May 7, 2005 to include Gospel Singing, Paul "Wine" Jones, Bill Abel, The Givens Brothers, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, and Howlin' Big Daddy & The Rockers.

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These Blues events have included musicians such as Paul Wine Jones, Bill Abel, The Givens Brothers, Honeyboy Edwards, Big T, Corey Harris, Lee Williams, Michael Frank, Big Daddy, Ken Byest, Ricky Davis, Vincent Dunn, Hubert Sumlin, Jerry Fair, Lady Trucker, Mike Eldred, and Terry Bean.  In addition, events have been attended by Morgan Freeman, Luther Brown, David Cunningham, Aubrey Whittington, Senator David Jordan, Claud Johnson-son of Robert, and Steve Johnson-grandson of Robert.

 

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