This historic theater hosted some of the greatest African American performers in history: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Fredye Marshall and the mother of blues, Ma Rainey. Ma Rainey owned the theater during her lifetime. The theater closed in 1974 but was restored in the 1990s and now serves as a cultural center. The entire neighborhood surrounding the theater is called the "Liberty District" in reference to the theater which is the centerpiece of the community.