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Old 05-22-2019, 01:37 PM
Annie-Xmas is offline
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Bessie Smith died in a horrific car crash on September 26, 1937.
Her estranged husband Jack Gee thwarted all efforts to purchase a gravestone for her, once or twice pocketing money raised for that purpose. Smith's grave was unmarked until a tombstone was erected on August 7, 1970, paid for by the singer Janis Joplin and Juanita Green, who as a child had done housework for Smith