- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

BEAN BLOSSOM, Ind. (AP) - A rustic southern Indiana music park founded by bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe is getting a state historical marker celebrating its musical heritage.

The Indiana Historical Bureau will dedicate the marker June 7 outside Bill Monroe’s Memorial Music Park and Campground at Brown County’s Bean Blossom village.

The marker titled “Brown County Bluegrass Music” will pay homage to bluegrass music’s importance in Indiana. The dedication will be followed by a jam of Monroe’s music.

The Kentucky native bought the rustic southern Indiana property in the early 1950s and later started an annual bluegrass festival that’s now in its fiftieth year.

Monroe was known as the father of bluegrass music and wrote several bluegrass classics, including “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and “Pike County Breakdown.”

He died in 1996 at age 84.

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