Historic Markers Across Georgia

Gertrude "Ma" Rainey

Marker ID:  
Location: Front Avenue, Columbus, GA
County: Muscogee
Coordinates: N 32° 27.373    W 084° 59.699
  32.45621666    -84.99498333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


Gertrude "Ma" Rainey1886- 1939
"Empress of the Blues"

Sang at the Springer Opera House from 1901
until 1925. She was the first black woman
to direct her own band and to record.
Bessie Smith was a pupil of "Ma" Rainey.

A Landmark of American Music

Erected by the
National Music Council,
Columbus College Bicentennial Committee and Exxon