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Hazlehurst becoming ‘Mississippi’s Little Music Town’

Guitars – Workers from B & O Welding in Brookhaven have installed the first of six decorative guitars on the corner of Ragsdale and Green Street across from the pavilion, just in time for the Rockin’ Railroad Festival.  The project got off the ground a few months ago during a meeting of area residents, community leaders and city officials.  The artwork was the idea of James Minter of Brookhaven, and Ward 3 Alderman Shirley Sandifer.  Since Hazlehurst is becoming ‘Mississippi’s Little Music Town’, the ad hoc committee felt that the downtown area would attract more attention and scuttlebutt by having a recognizable music symbol place in high traffic areas.  “We wanted to display our pride in our musical heritage, and this project is a great start,” Sandifer said.  The guitars are made of iron and painted the same color as the crossroads guitar marker in front of the Mississippi Music Museum at the Hazlehurst Depot.  Keep Copiah County Beautiful donated the seed funds to get the project off the ground. Businesses, organizations and individuals can purchase the art for $366.00 to be mounted on a pole, and can upgrade to a concrete base for just $125.00 more.  Other guitars are located on street corners around downtown.  Pictured from left are Alderman Sandifer, James Minter and B & O installers Jonci Amos and Joey Bryant.  For more information, contact city hall at 601-894-3131.

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