In this Aug. 3, 2011 photograph, a painting of "The Empress of the Blues" Bessie Smith, lies on the bed in the room that had been the emergency room of the then G.T. Thomas Hospital in 1937 in ... more 
In this Aug. 3, 2011 photograph, a painting of "The Empress of the Blues" Bessie Smith, lies on the bed in the room that had been the emergency room of the then G.T. Thomas Hospital in 1937 in Clarksdale, Miss. Smith died there from injuries sustained from a car accident near Clarksdale. The room, part of an eight-room hospital for blacks only was later renovated and made part of the Riverside Hotel, a 21-guest room facility. The painting was a gift by a guest, said the owner, Frank Ratliff. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Rogelio V. Solis
Tue, Sep 6, 2011 11:11 AM EDT