Po’ Monkeys – a real deal juke joint on the Mississippi back roads

Po’ Monkey’s

Dillion Road
Merigold, MS
Blues Historic Marker

This is the real deal! Immortalized by Annie Leibovitz, and countless blues historians.

The rural juke joint played an integral role in the development of the blues, offering a distinctly secular space for people to socialize, dance, and forget their everyday troubles. While many such jukes once dotted the cotton fields of the Delta countryside, Po’ Monkey’s was one of the relatively few to survive into the twenty-first century. Initially frequented by locals, Po’ Monkey’s became a destination for blues tourists from around the world during the 1990s.

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Photos ©2013 Kelly Ludwig, all rights reserved. Info courtesy of © 2009 Mississippi Blues Commission. Visit the Mississippi Blues Trail to learn more about this marker and the rest of the Blues Trail. http://www.msbluestrail.org