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Cleveland, Mississippi: Dockery Farms - Birthplace of the Blues?

Charley Patton and other sharecroppers created Delta blues music while at the Dockery cotton plantation. It may not be the birthplace, but no one knows where that is.

229 Highway 8, Cleveland, MS
US Hwy 61 South. Turn left onto East Sunflower Rd / MS-8 E. Continue on MS-8 E straight for 5 miles and watch for Dockery on left.
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Dockery Farms - Birthplace of the Blues?

Four miles west of Ruleville, MS on Hwy 8 and Lusk Rd. Dockery farms is a plantation founded by John Dockery. In their downtime, the sharecroppers here created blues music.

[Lan, 10/16/2011]

A plaque placed by the "Mississippi Blues Commission" ponders: "Birthplace of the Blues?" The plantation was intermittently the home of Charley Patton, the most important early Delta blues musician, the plaque tells us.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Hot and Cold Water TowersHot and Cold Water Towers, Ruleville, MS - 3 mi.
The Fighting OkraThe Fighting Okra, Cleveland, MS - 7 mi.
BB King MuseumBB King Museum, Indianola, MS - 19 mi.
In the region:
Gravity Hill, Helena, AR - 56 mi.

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