We visited the dedication of the Meridian Amphitheater Saturday, September 19. A large crowd gathered around the circle to honor musicologist John A. Lomax, his beginnings in Meridian, and the career that he had. The crowd heard from designated speakers, the Pat & Suzy Makins Band, and watched film by Will Godby on Lomax made specially for the event.
Speakers included Meridian Mayor Johnny Hauerland, Don Nicholas of Congressman Roger Williams’s office, Commissioner Precinct 4 Ronnie Liardon, Jack Cameron and Brett Voss of the Meridian Parks and Recreation Board of Directors, and even metalworking artist Jack Walker reading cowboy poetry. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jeff Hightower opened the ceremony up with a prayer.
The Pat and Suzy Makins Band
The band took the stage halfway through the show, descendants of Lomax. The group of five total graced the audience’s ears with folk music originally document by Lomax. The family had fun on-stage, and reflected that in the songs. At the end of each, the crowd responded with applause.
The event ended as the dusk fell, with the Amphitheater lighting up in response.
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