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On April 23, 1940 the Rhythm Night Club sometimes referred to as The Rhythm Club special event in Natchez, Mississippi erased the lives of over two hundred souls.  The fire was started near the front door, which was also the only exit from the building.  The windows in the building had been boarded to prevent unauthorized entrance.  When the fire started, Walter Barnes and the Sophisticated Swing Orchestra were playing the song  "Marie".  Many of the Rhythm Night Club fire victims died as a result of burns and others were suffocated or trampled.  The Rhythm Night Club victims included educators, children, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, etc.

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No' Mo' Rhythm's Beat, The Rhythm Night Club Visual Poem

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Numerous songs were written to honor the victims of the Rhythm Club fire;  Mississippi Fire Blues, Natchez Mississippi Blues 1940 - Lewis Bronzeville Five, The Natchez Fire 1940 - Gene Gilmore,  The Death Of Walter Barnes 1940 - Leonard Baby Doo Caston, The Natchez Burnin 1957 - Howlin' Wolf, Natchez Fire 1959 - John Lee Hooker, etc.

The author, Deborah Young is the first and only writer to honor victims of the Rhythm Night Club fire with a riveting poem No' Mo' Rhythm's Beat, The Rhythm Night Club and a screenplay Rhythm, The Rhythm Night Club Story

 

                                ...Jitterbuggers, fly chicks, and ace lanes, with their hats

                                Handsome studs truck'd 'bout, in snazzy zoot suits

                                Chicks swirled 'round, togged to the bricks

                                Even school children, took in the scene...

                                Copyright 2004 by Deborah Young

                                An Excerpt from No' Mo' Rhythm's Beat, The Rhythm Night Club

 

Rhythm Night Club Victims

 

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Janie Bishop Adams                             Inez Adams                                 St. F. Lmo Adams               

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Majorie Alexander                                Susie Alexander                         Juanita Avery

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Bessie Lee Mont. Banks                       Joe Barnes                                    Walter J. Barnes

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Ida Mae Woods Bernard                      John Bernard, Jr.                         Cloveland Leon Booker  

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Birdie L.H. Boyd                                   Elbert Briggs, Jr.                         Elijah V. Briscoe

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Hortense Brooks                                    Robert Brooks                            Fannie Dorsey Brown

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Odelle Brown                                        Ruth Reedy Brown                    Clarice Buckner

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Ethel Burnes                                          Willie Campbell                         Nollie Carr

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Meletta Travis Carroll                          Annie Laurel Carter                   Alma Cheeke

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Mary Christmas                                     James Cole                                   Polly Louise Coleman

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Geneva Collins                                      Samuel James Collins                 Sam Colston

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Albert Confer                                         Nance Crockett, Jr.                       Samuel Crockett

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Eleanor Dacus                                        Dorothy B. Dance                        Henrietta Davis

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John Davis                                               Johnny Davis                               Bennetter Dennis

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Alonza Elijah Dickerson                      Agnes Dorsey                               Corinthia Dorsey

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Warren Dorsey                                       Norah Elliot, Jr.                           Annabelle Ellis

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James M. Ellis                                         Henry Farr                                   Marcus Farr

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Leonard Franklin                                   Ed Frazier                                    Katie Adams Freeman

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Helen Gaulden                                       Carrie Woods                              Willie Gibson

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Juanita Gilbert                                        Andrew Glasper                         Jessie Edna Green

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Rosalie Grey                                           Johnny H. Guy                            Harriet Hacket

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Jos Hagan, Jr.                                          Marie Hall                                    Richard V. Hall

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Oliver Handy                                         Oliver Handy                               Alberta Harden

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Joseph Lorenzo Harris                          Katherine Haymond                   Dorothy Haywood

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Charles Higdon                                      Everett Hogatt                             Dora Holliday

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Beatrice Holmes                                     Roy Hudson                                 Ernest Hunt

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Florida Lee Ivy                                       Florine Jackson                            Henry Jackson, Jr.

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Josephine Cain Jackson                         Lucille Jackson                            Marie Jackson

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Mary Jackson                                          Pearl E. Jackson                         Willie Mae Jackson

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Eloise Johnson                                        James Johnson                           Josh Johnson

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Leola Johnson                                         Lloyd Johnson                           Marie Johnson

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R. L. Johnson                                           Tom Johnson, Jr.                        Wilbert Ernest Johnson

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Beatrice Jones                                         James Jordan, Jr.                         Louise Kates

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Wendell Kates                                        Delia Kelly                                 McKinley Kingsberry

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Annabelle Fisher Knight                       Ben Lewis                                   Marshall Eddie Lewis

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Thelma Lewis                                         Charley Light, Jr.                       Gladys Light

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Willie Lindsey                                        Bernetta Lloyd                           Frances Lloyd

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Thelma Lloyd                                         Willie Lloyd                               Johnnie Boy Logan

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Mary E. Logan                                        Ethel Lyons                                Marshall Mason

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German Matthews                                Katie Louise Matthews           Clarence Peter Mazique

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Norman McFarland                              Wm. Woodrich McGuire        Charles McKinney

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Vernon McMillian                                Abraham McNeil                      Frances McNeil

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Willie McShane                                     Alfred Minor                             George Minor, Jr.

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Elizabeth Mitchell                                 Leonard Moore                        Mose Nelson

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David Nicholson                                   Edward Oten                            Camille Oten

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Edward Lawrence Parker                    Nelson Phillips                        Serena Pollard

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Clarence Porter                                      Corinne Powell                        Della Ardella Quinn

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John Reed                                               Vera Rhone                               Lucille Flisby

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Willie Beatrice Roach                           Calvin Roberts                          Annie Mae Robinson

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Sarah Banks Robinson                          Marion Roderick                      Pearcy Rowan

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Mary Gladys Odom Russell                Mildred Russell                       Robert Lee Russell

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Clarence Scott, Jr.                                   Charlie Scott                              Emma Scott

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Ethel Scott                                               Fred Scott                                   Freddie Scott

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George Scott, Jr.                                      Junius Scott                               Lee Edgar Scott

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Willie Scott                                              Willie Scott                               Emma Shaw

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Willie Simon                                           Eva Simpson                             Beatrice Sims

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Leola Sims                                               Marie Louise Sloan                  Arthur Smith

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Green Smith, Jr.                                       T. J. Smith                                  Alma Springs

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Mildred Squalls                                      Mildred Stanton                       Lucille Stewart

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Paul Stott                                                  Edna James Taylor                  Evelyn Thomas

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Frank Toles                                              Geraldine Toncked                 Casiana White Turnipseed

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Harry Walker                                           Samuel Wallace                      Bige Ware

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Alice Washington                               Cora Mae Dennis Washington   Dan Washington

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Jesse Washington                                Jessie O. Washington                Margaret Washington

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Robert Washington                            Lillie Mae Weather                    Mable Etta Anderson White

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Ella Blanton Williams                        Johnny Williams                        Lenola Williams

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Zealie Bossika Williams                    Bernice Wilson                           Julia Wilson

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David Wimberly                                 Lee Woods                                  Matilda Woods

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Katherine Wright                                                                                                                        

 

 

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