Stevie Van Zandt, Derek Trucks Among Musicians Contributing to Effort to Rebuild Museum Dedicated to Legendary Bluesman Mississippi John Hurt

For fans of American roots music, the Mississippi John Hurt Museum in Avalon, Mississippi, may have been housed inside a 200-year-old shack with a tin roof—it was the childhood home of the late great bluesman—but it was living in an edifice as beautiful and inspiring as the Louvre, the Guggenheim Bilbao, or the Tate.

And now it’s gone, burnt to the ground, lost forever along with all the irreplaceable John Hurt memorabilia such as recordings, guitars and more, probably the work of local racist vandals, but good luck finding any authorities in hot pursuit, as they say in the movies.

Immediately after the disaster struck, Mary Frances Hurt,

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