In the month following the March 24, EF4 tornado, Stuart Rockoff chairman of the Mississippi Humanities Council reached out to LDP coordinator Meg Cooper asking what they could do to help Rolling Fork restore any cultural/heritage assets in the city.
Thanks to an emergency funding grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, written by Rockoff, the Muddy Waters Blues Trail marker, and two interpretive markers located near the blues trail marker have been restored.
On November 4, Mayor Eldridge Walker, Stuart Rockoff with MHC, Tony Mitchell with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Scott Barretta with the Mississippi Blues Commission participated in a ceremony to rededicate the marker replacements.
According to Rockoff, the rededication event was a symbol of resilience and community strength emphasizing the commitment to rebuilding Rolling Fork and preserving its vital cultural heritage.
The ceremony culminated with a small reception sponsored by Mississippi’s Lower Delta Partnership.