Tuesday, April 13, 2004

B.B. King statue coming to hometown

Officials in the Mississippi Delta town of Indianola, birthplace of B.B. King, want to erect a statue in the bluesman's honor.

The town of 12,000 where the singer of such hits as "The Thrill is Gone" spent his formative years is selling engraved $25 bricks and $300 business slates to finance the statue.

The statue will be at the entrance to B.B. King Park, says Carolyn O'Neal, an official with the city's public works department.

The city wants the statue ready for the opening of the B.B. King Museum, which is set for 2005.

Three artists have been asked to submit proposals - one with King sitting, another with King standing and a third with King playing the guitar.

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