Rabbit's Foot Minstrels in Port Gibson to receive blues marker

The Rabbit Foot Minstrels will be honored Tuesday with the placing of a Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Port Gibson.

The Minstrels are among a number of companies of black musicians and actors who toured the country by train and bus during the first half of the 20th century, bringing the new blues music to popular audiences.

Founded by African American Pat Chapelle in 1900, "The Foots" - as they were called - became the most famous touring company in the South, featuring musicians as varied as Ma and Pa Rainey, Ida Cox, Louis Jordan, and Rufus Thomas.