INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) – A black granite slab now marks the gravesite of B.B. King, the blues icon who died nearly seven months ago in Las Vegas but was returned for burial in his native Mississippi.
Family, friends and fans gathered Friday to dedicate the stone, engraved with King’s signature, that will become the centerpiece of a memorial garden.
King was buried May 30 outside the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, the Delta cotton country town where he first sang and played guitar on street corners as a young man.
The gravesite was adorned with just a wreath and a chain-link fence for months. The memorial garden, with benches and song titles engraved on metal panels, will be part of an expansion of the museum that tells King’s life story.