B.B. King has become the honorary chairman of the effort to build a National Monument in the Mississippi Delta to honor cotton pickers.
The planned 25-feet tall monument will be erected in 20 acres of prime cotton/”blues” land along Highway 61.
A press release says, “The Cotton Pickers Monument Complex would not only help heal wounds that have festered for decades, but would also help to empower the generations of family members who have been negatively impacted by this unfortunate era in American history. This is truly a historic endeavour that has the rare opportunity of actually transforming lives, communities, and the conversations about race in America and throughout the world.”
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