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Bud Scott to be honored with Blues Trail marker

NATCHEZ — A historical marker will be dedicated Friday at the location where Natchezians of all colors used to gather in the middle of Main Street to listen to musician Bud Scott play on a balcony.

A Mississippi Blues Trail marker will be dedicated to the Natchez musician, Scott, at 4 p.m. on 407 Main St., Natchez Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Heritage Tourism Director Darrell White said.

White is also the executive director of the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Because of (Scott’s) musical powers and ability he was often on demand from New Orleans to St. Louis but always called Natchez home,” White said.

White said when Scott played on the second floor of the Natchez Confectionary in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, the central location attracted both black and white audiences in one spot.

Two historical blues trail markers have already been placed in Natchez, as well as one marker in Ferriday. Two more Natchez sites are slated to receive markers in 2011, White said.

Natchez’s existing markers commemorate the Rhythm Club Fire of 1940 and “Papa Lightfoot.”

The Mississippi Blues Commission established the trail in 2003, and it has been funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The fourth blues trail marker will be dedicated April in conjunction with Natchez Bluff Blues Festival.