Wolfman Blues Festival set for Sunday

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

he second annual Wolfman Blues Festival hosted by the West Point High School class of 1989 will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday at The Eldorado.

DJ Hound will perform, free food and a whole hog will be provided and those attending are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and coolers.

The festival is in memory of Sylvester Harris.

Admission for the festival is $5, and portions of the proceeds go toward the Sylvester Harris Scholarship Foundation.

Harris’s son, Ben Harris, said WPHS students Morgan Kelly and Zishawn Cooperwood received the scholarship last year.

Ben Harris said his father was the first African American to graduate from WPHS, to attend East Mississippi Community College in Scooba and to coach football and track at Caledonia High School. He organized the Down Home Blues Festival, and he owned and operated the Greater Golden Triangle Express - Clay County’s African American-owned newspaper. He had a Bachelors Degree in Education and taught at Caledonia High School and West Point High School. He served as president of the Clay County NAACP, founded the Clay County Democratic Coalition, owned Harris and Associates consulting firm and assisted with forming the union at Bryan Brothers Packing Company.

Harris said Adventure ATV is a sponsor for the festival.