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Ellis Avenue Renamed – Bobby Rush Blues-Highlights

Ellis Avenue Renamed After Mississippi Blues Great Bobby Rush

Ellis Avenue is now Bobby Rush Boulevard! – Mississippi’s capital, Jackson, is renaming one of its major streets for blues legend Bobby Rush, WLBT-TV reported. Furthermore, The musician, composer and singer has won two Grammy Awards for best traditional blues album. With one in 2016 and one in 2020. The Jackson City Council votes Tuesday to rename Ellis Avenue to Bobby Rush Boulevard, the name change to take effect in a month. Rush, a Louisiana native, moves to Jackson in the 1980s. Shortly after he spoke to the City Council in April when a member first proposed renaming the street for him. He said he and his family faced racism in the Jim Crow South.

“I remember three white guys, two riding a horse and one guy leading a horse, when my daddy was getting hay out of a barn as a Black man. They asked my mom, ’What are you doing with this n-word?’” Rush said. He said his mother replied that she is also Black.

“She had to go into the store and prove she was a Black woman to save my daddy’s life,” Rush explained. 

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