22nd Sunflower Blues Fest
August 7-9, 2009
Large crowds for the 22nd Annual Sunflower Festival which was labeled The Sam
The Sam Cooke MS Blues Trail marker was dedicated on August 7,
2009 in front of the New Roxy. A "Remembering Sam" panel was held
at Ground Zero, and the Cooke Family made appearances on the Main Festival Stage
on Saturday. Sam and his family moved to Chicago in the early 1930's,
however Sam returned to perform at Higgins High School , Geo Oliver School, and
1st Baptist Church. Representing the Cooke Family was L C Cooke-brother,
Gwen Green-niece, Toni Cooke-niece, Eric Green-nephew and Eric's wife
Augustine. Earlier, on April 4, 2009 a Walk of Fame marker was
installed in the sidewalk at 363 Issaquenna Avenue.
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