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EXHIBITION: Have Blues, Will Travel: Traveling Blues Musicians in the Jim Crow Era

April 8, 2022 @ 11:00 am - July 2, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

The Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center is hosting a traveling exhibit from the National Blues Museum. Entitled “Have Blues, Will Travel: Traveling Blues Musicians in the Jim Crow Era,” this exhibition showcases the hardships and inequality Black Blues musicians faced while traveling to play concerts in the Jim Crow era. For Black blues musicians, touring was among the only ways to make money from their music. However, traveling as a Black person, especially in the American South, was incredibly dangerous. On the road, travelers were faced with segregation laws, discrimination, and even violence. The Negro Motorist Green Book directed people to safe spots along major United States roads and highways. While “Have Blues, Will Travel” is on view, Sulphur Springs Museum will also host a related lecture series on Sunday afternoons. Guest scholars will lead presentations that look closely at specific issues such as Florida Soul Music and Civil Rights, the history of the Green Book, and the history of lynching in Florida. Please see the Events Calendar for more details on these programs. A formal opening will be held on April 10 beginning at 2pm and will feature Blues musician Bodie Valdez and refreshments. The admission to the exhibition, official opening, and related programming is free.

Funding for the exhibition and related programming is provided in part from a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center.

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Event Date/time:

April 8, 2022 @ 11:00 am -
July 2, 2022 @ 4:00 pm


Presenter Information:
National Blues Museum [ Please link to in details box or content]
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Event Contact:

Amy Dao
(813) 935-9402

Event Venue:

Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center
1101 E. River Cove St.
Tampa, FL 33604 United States
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