1725 Jimmie Rogers Dr., Meridian, Mississippi
Jimmie Rodgers, “The Singing Brakeman,” is honored here as the 1920s progenitor of country music.
Rodgers, who died in 1933, was indeed a brakeman, as well as a baggageman and switchman, during the era of the steam engine. The museum building resembles a train station, complete with an engine and caboose outside.
Rodgers’s popularity is demonstrated by fan mail from as far away as Japan, honorary citizenship papers from the city of New Orleans, and first-day covers of the postage stamp acclaiming him as the Father of Country Music. Original recordings and sheet music of his songs are displayed, as well as his denim jacket and other belongings. In the spring Meridian sponsors a Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival.
Open Tues.– Thurs. year-round except major holidays. Admission charged.