The Blue Room - Mississippi Blues Trail Marker
Backstory and Context
In 1937, Tom Wince Jr. and his family opened a small operation selling Coca-Cola and beer. Soon, Wince expanded his business into The Blue Room, which would become one of the most famous nightclubs in the South. Though Wince had no formal education, having left school after the fourth grade, he was a successful businessman, owning The Blue Room and a handful of other properties (some other music venues) in Mississippi and Louisiana. Wince was known for the kindness he showed all guests of The Blue Room, and prided himself on keeping his establishment a safe environment. According to his son, Wince's favorite acts to host included B. B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, T-Bone Walker, and Muddy Waters, but these are just a short list of the many artists who performed at The Blue Room over the years. The club was part of the Chitlin Circuit, which was a group of safe music venues for African Americans to perform at during the Jim Crow era. Although The Blue Room closed in 1972, it is still remembered with fondness today.
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