"Ma" Rainey Home

"Ma" Rainey Home (HMSKI)

Location: Columbus, GA 31901 Muscogee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 27.676', W 84° 59.182'

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Gertrude Pridgett "Ma" Rainey, 1886-1939, famed "Mother of the Blues", lived in this house after 1935, during retirement in her native city. In 1904 she introduced "blues" as part of her traveling act. For 30 years her performances contributed to the growing popularity of this truly American music form. A pioneer female recording artist, she made 94 blues records for Paramount before 1928. At least 47 were her compositions. Managing her own band, she encouraged younger musicians including Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Fletcher Henderson, and Bessie Smith. Her grave is in nearby Porterdale Cemetery.
Year Placed1988
Placed ByHistoric Chattahoochee Commission and Friends of Ma Rainey
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 8:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 689256 N 3593350
Decimal Degrees32.46126667, -84.98636667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.676', W 84° 59.182'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 40.56" N, 84° 59' 10.92" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 803 5th Ave, Columbus GA 31901, US
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