First three honorees set for dedication of the Columbus Walk of Fame

The long-awaited Columbus Walk of Fame will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Liberty Theatre Cultural Center, 823 Eighth Ave.

The first three honorees are pianist Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins; Gertrude Pridgett, who is better known as Ma Rainey and the Mother of the Blues and opera singer Fredye Marshall.

This is a project of the Columbus, Ga., Chapter of The Links Inc.

After the ceremony, a musical tribute for the star recipients will be held by the Columbus Jazz Society.

The Columbus, Georgia Walk of Fame will salute artists who where born, spent formative years or years of artistry in the Columbus area. This Walk of Fame is to educate the public, inspire the youth and celebrate the artist from this area, said Links spokeswoman Jacquelyn Joy Egins. "We look forward to installing additional stars on the Walk of Fame in the coming years for the many celebrities that have been identified with connections to the Columbus area," she said.

The Columbus, Ga. Chapter of Links was established in 1964 as part of a national organization of 10,000 women in three countries. The national organization of The Links, Inc., was founded in 1946. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and others of African ancestry.

Call Jacquelyn Joy Egins at 706-687-5733 or Ann Davis at 706-324-7071.