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B.B. King center draws crowds

September 12, 2009|Associated Press

The thrill is gone at many attractions across the country as recession-mired tourists stay home, but in Indianola, Miss., a favorite son is packing 'em in at the B.B. King Museum.

A year after its opening, the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center has drawn about 30,000 visitors to the Mississippi Delta town roughly 100 miles northwest of Jackson, where the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist once made his living on a cotton plantation.

Attendance exceeded a first-year projection of 25,000, despite the museum's opening last fall amid hurricanes, high gas prices, economic woes and the end of the traditional summer travel season, said Connie Gibbons, the museum's executive director.

The museum also houses memorabilia of other artists, including handwritten lyrics by rocker Janis Joplin and art objects she made from yarn.

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