Bentonia, Mississippi

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Bentonia is a town in Yazoo County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 500 at the 2000 census. Some blues scholars maintain that there is a "Bentonia School" of blues singing and guitar-playing, and that "Bentonia-style" is a distinct style of Delta Blues, but Bentonia lies outside the Mississippi Delta proper. The "Bentonia School," "Bentonia-style" or "Bentonia Blues" is more accurately described as the unique, haunting, Country Blues style that originated in and immediately around the small town of Bentonia, Mississippi.[1] The annual Bentonia Blues Festival is held the third Saturday of June in downtown Bentonia.[2] The festival's Blues Stage is always set up in front of the world-famous Blue Front Cafe, which is still operated by proprietor Jimmy "Duck" Holmes who, as a young man, largely learned the local style from Bentonia Blues master Jack Owens.



Bentonia is located at 32°38′38″N 90°22′5″W / 32.64389°N 90.36806°W / 32.64389; -90.36806 (32.643889, -90.368121)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 500 people, 203 households, and 130 families residing in the town. The population density was 366.0 people per square mile (140.9/km²). There were 214 housing units at an average density of 156.6/sq mi (60.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 62.80% White, 35.80% African American, 0.20% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.40% of the population.

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