On the sign:
Emblem of the Mississippi Blues Commission
THE BLUES TRAIL: FROM MISSISSIPPI TO MEMPHIS
The bright lights of Beale Street and the promise of musical stardom have lured blues musicians from nearby Mississippi since the early 1900s. Early Memphis blues luminaries who migrated from Mississippi include Gus Cannon, Furry Lewis, Jim Jackson, and Memphis Minnie. In the post-World War II era many native Mississippians became blues, soul, and rock ’n’ roll recording stars in Memphis, including Rufus Thomas, Junior Parker, B. B. King and Elvis Presley.