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Fans and supporters gather for Blues Hall of Fame groundbreaking

Memphis Business Journal
Ed Arnold

It was a long time coming, but Friday, musicians, friends, fans and supporters of Blues music gathered on South Main to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Blues Hall of Fame.

To see a slideshow of today's groundbreaking, click here.

Over its 34-year history, the Blues Foundation has honored 393 musicians, performers and others with induction into its Hall of Fame. But with today's groundbreaking, a physical hall to enshrine its honorees is on the way.

The Blues Hall of Fame will occupy a $2.5 million, 12,000-square-foot site at 421 South Main, across from the National Civil Rights Museum. That location had been the headquarters of the Blues Foundation.

So far, the Blues Foundation’s ‘Raise the Roof!’ campaign has raised $2.7 million.

“The dream of building a Blues Hall of Fame dates back to the inception of this organization and has been one of its core goals for the better part of four decades," said Jay Sieleman, CEO of the Blues Foundation. "Thanks to the hard work of our board, scores of donors, our member organizations and blues fans around the world, that dream is just months away from coming true. We’ve got ‘the keys to the highway,’ so to speak, and we’re looking forward to using them to open the door of the Blues Hall of Fame at long last.”