New Hope MB Church in Walls, MS
Earlier in 2016, the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund sought and received permission to install a headstone on the unmarked grave of Ernest Lawlars—who resides to the immediate left of his Minnie. We did not wish to significantly alter the current look of the burial ground and proposed to install a marker with dimensions (12” x 24” x 4” deep), which allowed for a certain type of installation that reduces visibility on approach, yet offers ample space on its face to include all necessary information (full name, birth and death dates) as well as some key artistic elements, which reflect the cultural significance of the musical combo.
At 10:00 a.m. June 25, 2016 at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Walls, Mississippi, Steve Salter held the dedication ceremony for the headstone of Ernest Lawlars, the husband and accompanist of Memphis Minnie, who preceded his loving wife to the grave on November 14, 1961. Dr. Steve Palmer, an officer in the county sheriff’s department, which provided crucial assistance in facilitating this memorial, was also on hand as well as MZMF director DeWayne Moore.