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A historical museum was founded in Cotton Plant on July 17, 2014. Cotton Plant has a long-standing history of being home to history makers, and the museum is a testament to the fact. Sister Rosetta Tharpe of Cotton Plant was inducted into the Cotton Plant Historical Museum Entertainers Wall of Fame the year it was founded. Honorable Mayor Willard C. Ryland signed a proclamation declaring that March 20, 2015, would be commemorated to mark Tharpe’s 100th birthday. This proclamation is housed in the museum with seven of Sister Rosetta Tharpe's original Decca records. Highway Memorial HB 2179, sponsored by Representative Chris Richey, designated portions of highways to honor some of the most influential musicians in the development of blues, soul, country, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, gospel who hailed from the Arkansas Delta, including Johnny Cash, Levon Helm, Louis Jordan, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Sister Rosetta Tharpe was one of the 2018 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Angela Ryland
Cotton Plant, AR