MEMPHIS, TN – On Thursday April 9 at 4pm (CDT), The Blues Foundation will dedicate the Little Milton bronze statue that will permanently reside in front of the Blues Hall of Fame. The statue is inspired by the cover of Little Milton’s last studio album entitled Think of Me. That cover photo features Little Milton sitting on a bench holding his Gibson guitar in Tom Lee Park along the Mississippi River. The bench is known as the gar bench as it legs are in the shape of the gar fish found in the Mississippi and is the creation of the National Metal Museum here in Memphis. The statue was sculpted by Andrea Holmes Lugar and cast at Lugar Foundry, also of Memphis.
Funding for the statue came from Little Milton’s friends at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine. North Atlantic promoter Paul Benjamin, who raised the funds, and Little Milton’s widow, Pat are expected to attend.
The Blues Hall of Fame will open to the public on Friday May 8, when fans from around the world who attended the 36th Blues Music Awards the night before will have the chance to see the Blues Hall of Fame exhibits.