Eric Davis, whose application to erect a state historical marker for iconic Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins was approved by the Harris County Historical Commission in November, said today his campaign to raise money to pay for the marker reached its goal of $1,800 dollars last month. "I'm just really pleased, and grateful, to everyone for helping me make this possible," Davis told Rocks Off via email earlier today, singling out the Houston Blues Society, Jack Henderson and Dr. Roger Wood for their contributions. "Without very generous donations from them, it would have taken much longer to raise the necessary funds." Davis says he will find out February 1 if the Texas State Historical Commission has approved his application, but people who raise the necessary funds "stand a much better chance" of success. Nearly 300 historical markers will be awarded this year, he added.
If Davis' application is approved, he will have to raise more funds for a dedication ceremony at the proposed site of the marker on the grounds of Project Row Houses in Third Ward, the neighborhood Hopkins called home for most of his time in Houston. If all goes well, he says, the marker could be installed by late summer or early fall this year.
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He is still accepting donations through the Lightnin' Hopkins Marker Fund, accessible through any Bank of America branch in the U.S. through account number 5860 1320 5659. For more information email Davis at email@example.com or call 713-802-0337.