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Michael Cala (#48197546)
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Bio Photo I've been writing about blues music for about 13 years. After doing some research on the "classic blues women" of the 1920s, including Bessie Smith and Ida Cox, I learned in 2013 that blues pioneer Mamie Smith has been buried in unmarked ground at Frederick Douglass since her death in 1946.

I have been raising money on Indiegogo to buy her a headstone. We're almost there, but need about $2000 more to make the remaining payment when the stone is completed Please go to:

Also to raise funds, we are holding an all-blues concert at Killmeyer's on Staten Island on July 20. Please go here for discount tickets, and for more information:

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Terrance Crooms
Mamie Smith Headstone Project
Great idea!
Added by Terrance Crooms on Aug 27, 2013 11:20 PM

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