The June 1 commemoration grew out of the Jackson-Madison Co. Library's efforts to secure a tombstone for Williamson's previously unmarked grave. A contribution from RCA Records completed funding for the new marker.
Billy Altman, executive producer of RCA's Heritage Series (L), and T.W. Utley, Sonny Boy Williamson's half-brother, at the new historical marker. Altman recently completed RCA's reissue of Williamson classics on CD.