“The curator called me with tears in his voice – it’s a devastating mess”: Museum honoring legendary blues trailblazer Mississippi John Hurt destroyed in fire

Mississippi John Hurt
(Image credit: John Byrne Cooke Estate/Getty Image)

A museum honoring the legacy of legendary blues pioneer Mississippi John Hurt has been destroyed in a fire.

Situated in the 200-year-old wooden shack that was once Hurt’s home, the museum was full of memorabilia and memories of his heartfelt work, all of which have sadly now been “reduced to ash”. 

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.