As I was leaving the RV Park I saw this "old school" tour bus - W.S. Holland (self proclaimed Father of the Drums) donated those drumsticks I was wailing with yesterday at the Rockabilly Museum
I was planning on heading north from Jackson, but I heard that just down the road a half hour or so west in Brownsville was the Western Tennessee Delta Heritage Museum . How could I pass that by especially since there was supposed to be a Tina Turner exhibit.
The museum was actually three museums in one. It had a Cotton Museum which was interesting. As I'm traveling in western Tennessee I am seeing a lot of cotton fields that are ready to be harvested. A whole field of white and it ain't snow. The Cotton Museum had a lot of old tools used to plant, harvest and use cotton. You got to touch the cotton in all of it's different stages.
I whipped through the Hatchie River Museum - several aquariums with ugly fish. I know it isn't their fault that they are ugly, but I don't have to spend time looking at them.
The Music Museum - a series of displays for the musicians of the area - Yank Rachell, Sleepy John Estes, Tina Turner, Elvis etc.
Out back of the Delta Museum they had moved two buildings that I could go through.
|Left - Sleepy John Estes cabin. Right - Flagg Grove School, where Tina Turner went to school first through eighth grade|
All you blues fans know who Sleepy John is
|This is the cabin he lived in until he died|
Inside of the school house was the Tina Turner exhibit. There wasn't much biographical information but there were a lot of her clothes both stage and gowns she wore to events like the Grammys. Bob Mackie, Versace etc. Quite a bit of difference between Sleepy John and Tina. They also had displayed a lot of her gold records. In the back the school house was set up from the era when Tina went to school.
|Bob Mackie gown|
|Those are cypress trees|