D. C. Minner, Dusk 'til Dawn Blues Fest: A Life in Music and 20 Years of Rentiesville Festivals
January 29 - February 5, 2011
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, Frisco Depot
401 South 3rd Street, Muskogee
Rentiesville is one of the original 40 or 50 Black townships in Oklahoma and the site of the "diversity battle of the Civil War," the Battle of Honey Springs. Oklahoma blues legend D. C. Minner (1935-2008) was born and raised here in his Grandmother Lura's corn whiskey house, the Cozy Corner. He toured playing bass and later guitar with the blues greats of his time returning in the late 80's and bringing a wealth of music with him. Together with his wife/bassist Selby Minner, the couple reopened the place as the Down Home Blues. The pair did considerable work across the state in the schools and D. C. was inducted into five Halls of Fame before he passed in 2008.
This photo exhibit from the archive in the Historic Black Township of Rentiesville will document and place these events in the context of the times.