Blues & Gospel Singer

Blues & Gospel Singer (HM1EF1)

Location: Huntington, WV 25701 Cabell County
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N 38° 25.416', W 82° 26.448'

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"Diamond Teeth" Mary McClain

— August 28, 1902—April 4, 2000 —

Born and raised in Huntington, WV, Mary hopped a train and left town at age 13 to become a singer and dancer. She spent the 1920's and 30's performing in medicine and minstrel shows. During the 1940's, Mary had diamonds removed from a bracelet and set into her front teeth, creating a dazzling stage effect which earned her the nickname, "Diamond Teeth Mary." Night spots from Chicago to Miami billed her as "Queen of the Blues," and "Walking Mary." She performed at the Apollo Theater, The Cotton Club, Carnegie Hall, the White House, and in Europe, where her show-stopping charisma received standing ovations. She also toured with the USO. As she had requested, her ashes were sprinkled on the railroad tracks at Heritage Station where she had hopped her first train. Mary always lovingly referred to Huntington as "my home."
HM NumberHM1EF1
Year Placed2010
Placed ByPresented by the West Virginia Blues Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 3:44am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 374229 N 4253798
Decimal Degrees38.42360000, -82.44080000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 25.416', W 82° 26.448'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 25' 24.96" N, 82° 26' 26.88" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15 Heritage Vlg, Huntington WV 25701, US
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