JACKSON — A statue of famous country musician Marty Stuart was unveiled today at both Mississippi museums in downtown Jackson.
The statue is covered in the story of the Philadelphia native’s long career in the music industry.
The statue was made by brown master sculptor, Craig Campobella, whom Stuart has known for years.
Eventually, it will be held at Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music Museum in downtown Philadelphia. But until the end of the year it is part of the exhibition “The World of Marty Stuart” in museums.
Throughout Camponella’s creation are symbols of Stuart’s life and career. The guitar he’s holding, Clarence, is one of Marty’s favorites, and the strap that holds it is by Travis Tritt.
On Stuart’s hand is a replica of his wedding ring. There is a Grammy representing his 5 Grammys (and counting).
A feather represents its adoption into the Lakota Indian Nation. The lyrics to the iconic song “The Pilgrim” are inscribed on the statue.
Names of people and places dear to him are inscribed on his cape. There is a crow representing his song, “Watching a Crow”. There are many other symbols to find and enjoy.
Stuart was on hand for a press conference to announce the opening of the exhibit and the unveiling of the statue. He walked through the exhibit explaining the history of each artifact to reporters.