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The Tommy Johnson Blues Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt foundation working to reserve the legacy and music of legendary blues artist Tommy Johnson. The foundation's work has been focused on restoring the Warm Springs Cemetery in Crystal Springs, MS, where Tommy Johnson has lain in an unmarked grave for more than half a century.
The church that maintained the cemetery has gone to disrepair, and the land around the site has reverted to private use. The Foundation has been working to restore the grounds and re-open public access to the cemetery. Through these efforts the site was designated a "historically significant abandoned cemetery" by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and in October of 2001 a headstone was provided for Tommy Johnson's grave by the Mount Zion Memorial Fund, a non-profit group that helps to restore the grave sites of Mississippi musicians. The gravestone is kept at the Crystal Springs Public Library until access to the cemetery is re-opened.
The Foundation is sponsoring the First Annual Tommy Johnson Celebration, October 19-21, with events in both Crystal Springs and Jackson, Mississippi. See the full page description for information on this exciting event. Learn More
If you would like to find out more about the work of the Tommy Johnson Blues Foundation, please email:
601-212-6088 for Vera.
If you would like to make a tax-deducatable donation to support the work of the Foundation, no amount is too small!
Send your donation to:
PO Box 481
CS, MS 39059