Hundreds turned out Sunday evening to celebrate the immense musical talents of three of Columbus' own at The Liberty Theatre Cultural Center.
Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins, Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, and Fredye Marshall were the first three to be honored with a star on The Columbus Walk of Fame, located in front of the Liberty Theatre.
The walk was unveiled and dedicated Sunday evening during a program hosted by the Columbus, Georgia Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
"Ma Rainey was an institution all over the world before she was an institution in her own hometown," said Florine Dawkins, chair of the board of directors of the "Ma"Rainey Museum, during her tribute to Rainey.
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Dawkins was one of several whp payed tribute during the program. Charlie Nix, a nephew of Rainey, also spoke. Paying tribute to Thomas Wiggins was Judge George Green, owner and curator of the Green Museum, and Angela Miles, a descandent of Wiggins.
Paying tribute to Fredye Marshall were Don Nahley, who worked with Marshall on "The Rozell Show", and Milton Dodson Jr., a member of the Marshall family.
The Columbus Walk of Fame will salute artists who were either born, spent formative years, or spent years of artistry in the Columbus area.
The evening concluded with a musical tribute to the three recipients by the Columbus Jazz Society.