Historic Markers Across Georgia

Ma Rainey Home

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: 5th Avenue just above 8th Street, Columbus, GA.
County: Muscogee
Coordinates: N 32° 27.676    W 084° 59.182
  32.46126666    -84.98636666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4W1W
Ma Rainey Home  Marker  


Gertrude Pridgett "Ma" Rainey, 1886-1939, famed "Mother of the Blues", lived in this house after 1935, during retirement in her native city. In 1904 she introduced "blues" as part of her traveling act. For 30 years her performances contributed to the growing popularity of this truly American music form. A pioneer female truly female recording artist, she made 94 blues records for paramount before 1928. At least 47 were her compositions. Managing her own band, she encouraged younger musicians including Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Fletcher Henderson, and Bessie Smith. Her grave is in nearby Porterdale Cemetery.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Friends of Ma Rainey, 1986


Ma Rainey Home