Roadside Americana: A montage of iconic Juke Joints

Blue Front Cafe – Bentonia, Mississippi – Source: visittheusa.com

The map and series of photos provided below depict juke joints, both past and present.  Historically associated with the Blues, most juke joints have been situated across the Deep South, particularly in and around the Mississippi Delta Region. Sadly, the number of juke joints has been declining over the years. As a result, a number of those depicted herein are no longer open for business – though the building may be standing in some instances.  Those juke joints which are still operating provide a rare glimpse into this iconic slice of both African-American history and Roadside Americana for locals, visitors, history buffs, and music fans, alike.

Please note that the map only identifies the town or the county where they are or were once operating. It is not meant to specify the exact location nor whether the juke joint is open. If you know of digital photos of other juke joints, please feel free to pass them along and they will be added to the post and the map. Enjoy!

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Club Ebony – Indianola, Mississippi – Source: pinterest.com

Fannie Grants – Jones, Georgia – Source: pinterest.com

Po’ Monkey’s – Merigold, Mississippi – Source: sharpmagazine.com

Frenchies Bar & Gas – Belle Glade, Florida – Source: wikimedia.commons.org

The Pines – Florida – Source: art.com

Do Drop Inn – Shelby, Mississippi – Source: pinterest.com

Ollie’s Juke Joint & Cafe – Kingston, Oklahoma – Source: chickasawcountry.com

Everglade Garden – Belle Glade, Florida – Source: picryl.com

Da Palace – Mississippi – Source: pinterest.com

Blue Door Cafe – Belzoni, Mississippi – Source: pinterest.com

Red Top Lounge – Source: pinterest.com

Effie’s Lounge – Memphis (North), Tennessee – Source: pinterest.com

Ford’s – Louisiana – Source: pinterest.com

Purple Rain Lounge – Duncan, Mississippi – Source: jacksonfineart.com

Former Jr.’s – Holly Springs, Mississippi – Source: ratpackstlouis.com

Jr.’s Juke Joint #2 – Holly Springs, Mississippi – ratpackstlouis.com

Red’s – Clarksdale, Mississippi – Source: pbase.com

Pink Pony Cafe – Darling, Mississippi – Source: pinterest.com

Former juke joint – Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Source: westbatonrougemuseum.org

Former juke joint – White Station, Mississippi – Source: pinterest.com

Leroy’s – Porter, Indiana – Source: digthedunes.com

Teddy’s Juke Joint – Zachary. Louisiana – Source: countryroadsmagazine.com

Former juke joint – Jacksonville, Florida – Source: floridamemory.com

Griffin’s Hines Farm Blues Club – Swanton, Ohio – Source: toledo.com/news/2014/06/17/listen-up-toledo/at-the-crossroads-griffin-s-hines-farm-blues-club-reopens/

Key Hole Inn – Indianola. Mississippi – Source: flickr.com via pinterest.com

Former juke joint – Source: pinterest.com

Gip’s Place – Bessemer, Alabama – Source: bhamnow.com

Bobby’s Lounge – Bay St. Louis, Mississippi – Source: bslshoofly.com

Dot Inn – Source: pinterest.com

2 Spot – Jacksonville, Florida – Source: thejaxsonmag.com

Former juke joint – Tallahassee, Florida – Source: floridamemory.com

Todd’s Piney Pig – Long County, Georgia – Source: vanishingsouthgeorgia.com

Mr. C. – Tattnall County, Georgia – Source: vanishingsouthgeorgia.com

Thomas Social Club – Georgia (South) – Source: vanishingsouthgeorgia.com

Former Eastside Park Juke Joint – Ocala, Florida – Source: ocala.com

The Bucket – Clearview, Oklahoma – Source: city-data.com

Blue Moon – Mississippi – Source: pinterest.com

Dub’s Place – Baker County, Georgia – Source: vanishingsouthgeorgia.com

Wild Cats – Richmond Hill, Georgia – Source: pinterest.com

That Other Place – Hinsonton, Georgia – Source vanishingsouthgeorgia.com

African Queen – Ferriday, Louisiana – Source: louisianafolklife.org

Riverfront – Helena, Arkansas – Source: flickr.com

Bear’s Place – Mississippi? – Source: ckeirn.wordpress.com

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If juke joints and their history intrigues you too, here are a couple of visual links to a book and a film documentary about them, that are available through Amazon.com.*

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*A small commission is earned from purchases that are made using these links to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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