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Temple Theater added to Walk of Fame

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – More artists and community members who had a big impact on Meridian now have their handprints and names embedded in the Queen City forever.

The Temple Theater added names to its Walk of Fame at a ceremony on Wednesday, the second and third classes of honorees since no event took place in 2021 due to COVID.

This new tradition included the artist’s handprints in the concrete outside the Temple Theater, including country singer Emily White and former Meridian Mayor Percy Bland.

“To me, it was symbolic of a lot of hands that were up under my hand,” Bland said. “And it wasn’t my hand, even though physically it was my hand that was on the concrete today, it was so many other people who had their hands under mine that supported me and gave them the opportunity to serve them, so that’s what I’m most happy about today.

“It’s an honor to be alongside all these local musicians. I’m right next to Scott McQuaig, one of my very good friends. Super talented artist. We have Bill Pippin who got his hands on it today. Ken Rainy. It’s just the most wonderful and humbling experience,” White said.

Winners on Wednesday included Ken Rainey, George Cummings, Frank Evans, Pat Gray, Parker McKee, Kirk Messer and Bill Pippin. Steve Forbert will be inducted on Thursday, when he also performs a benefit concert at the Temple for Merrehope. Randy Houser will be inducted May 12.

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