Marty Stuart To Unveil Sign, Dedicate Museum Exhibit July 9, 2009

This appeared in The Neshoba Democrat - July 1, 2009

Marty Stuart Day is July 9 in Philadelphia. Mississippi and the country music singer/songwriter will be here for a full day of activities, including the dedication of a museum exhibit and a road marker before a performance at the Choctaw Indian Fair.

His wife, the legendary country music singer Connie Smith, will be here and perform at the Choctaw Indian Fair as well.

The road marker will designate Marty Stuart Drive off Mississippi 19 north near land Stuart has there in the Arlington community.

The dedication is at 10 a.m. and open to the public.

Stuart will be at the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum at noon to unveil an exhibit dedicated to him which includes memorabilia from his life as a child growing up in Philadelphia.

The exhibit, entitled Mississippi Boy. Marty Stuart. The Neshoba County Years, includes numerous items, from his leather baby boot and childhood Bible, to a guitar, pitch pipe and pair of black cowboy boots.

The exhibit, which has its own room in the museum, will feature audio and video of Stuart describing his early days in Neshoba County.

Stuart will be present at the museum for the unveiling of the exhibit and will stay to "visit with folks" for about an hour and a half, said Alice Rowe of the Museum Council.

"This room is quite an undertaking for the city of Philadelphia and we are very excited about it finally being here," she said.

Karen Cronin of Cronin Creative of Nashville designed the Marty Stuart room and a professional was hired to fabricate the exhibit.

After the museum exhibit dedication, Stuart and Smith will make their way to the Choctaw Indian Fair where she is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. and he at 8:30 p.m.

By T. J. Jernigan

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