Marshall, Texas – The Birthplace of Boogie Woogie 


Omar Sharriff was the last link to the generation that created Boogie Woogie.  (March 10, 1938 - January 8, 2012)

Marshall, Texas – The Birthplace of Boogie Woogie

Boogie-woogie is a style of piano-based blues that became popular in the late 1930s and early 1940s, but originated much earlier, and was extended from piano, to three pianos at once, guitar, big band, and country and western music, and even gospel. While the blues traditionally depicts a variety of emotions, boogie-woogie is mainly associated with dancing.
Indications that Marshall & Harrison County Texas is the most likely point of origination of boogie-woogie
In January 2010, Dr. John Tennison summarized his research into the origins of boogie-woogie with the conclusion that Marshall, Texas is "the municipality whose boundaries are most likely to encompass or be closest to the point on the map which is the geographic center of gravity for all instances of Boogie Woogie performance between 1870 and 1880".
Dr. Tennison states: "Given the account of Elliot Paul, and given that Lead Belly witnessed boogie-woogie in 1899 in the Arklatex; and given the North to South migration of the Thomas family; and given the Texas & Pacific headquarters in Marshall in the early 1870s; and given that Harrison County had the largest slave population in the state of Texas; and given the fact that the best-documented and largest-scale turpentine camps in Texas did not occur until after 1900 in Southeast Texas, it is most probable that boogie-woogie spread from Northeast to Southeast Texas, rather than from Southeast to Northeast Texas, or by having developed diffusely with an even density over all of the Piney Woods of East Texas. It would not be surprising if there was as yet undiscovered evidence of the earliest boogie-woogie performances buried (metaphorically or literally) in Northeast Texas.”
On May 13, 2010, the Marshall City Commission enacted an official declaration naming Marshall as the "birthplace" of boogie-woogie music, and embarked on a program to encourage additional historical research and to stimulate interest in and appreciation for the early African-American culture in northeast Texas that played a vital role in creating boogie-woogie music.
The City of Marshall, Texas is committed to cooperating with any and all efforts to unearth boogie-woogie history and to honor, celebrate, and re-create the vibrant environment that was catalytic to the creation of the most entertaining, revolutionary, and influential of all American musical forms.
Boogie Woogie Events happening every week:
EVERY MONDAY - Acoustic jam downtown with the Monday Night Pickers - open to all - at several locations, including Marshall's downtown wine & gift shop, Under The Texas Sun.
EVERY WEDNESDAY - Boogie Woogie Wednesday at OS2, every week from 7 to 9 pm. Free admission. And check out Charlie's Backyard Bar for tasty acoustic, banjo boogie and more - starts at 9 pm.
EVERY THURSDAY - Guitarist/vocalist Blind Dog Cook performs at the Blue Frog Grill on Thursdays. And there is almost always and Electric jam on the Telegraph Stage - open to all and free admission. 9 pm.
EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY - Live music in the pub at OS2, Cajun Tex and at Charlie's Backyard Bar & Grill - Marshall's sensational new stage and showcase for great bands.
EVERY SECOND SATURDAY - Beginning in March - and every month through November - a wonderful outdoor festival in Marshall hosted by Marshall Main Street, with arts, crafts, vendors, and a great car show. Live music begins at 8:30 pm (in the summer months, earlier in the fall) on the Telegraph Stage downtown.
For more information on Boogie Woogie and how to get involved, contact:
               Jack & Nancy Canson
Museums of Marshall

Museums in Marshall


                                                   Harrison County Historical Museum
                                           Old Harrison County Courthouse
                                                 Peter Whetstone Square
                                                  Marshall, Texas 75670
                                                    903-935-8417 ext 1
                                                 Hours: Wed-Fri: 11a-4p
The Harrison county Historical Museum owns one of the largest archival and artifact collections relating to the early settlement of Northeast Texas. It is located in the Historical Courthouse in the center of the downtown square. The Museum began collecting in 1965 and amassed a collection of over 20,000 artifacts. The Harrison County Historical Museum also contains the Inez Hatley Hughes Research Library which provides opportunities to explore the past of Harrison County and Texas. As a county history preservation and research center, The Inez Hatley Hughes Research Library collects, preserves, and makes available photographs, documents, books and artifacts about Harrison County and Texas. Call to verify the Library’s hours and available appointment times at 903-938-2680.

Michelson Museum of Art
216 North Bolivar Street
Marshall, Texas 75670
Hours: Tues-Fri: 10a-4p, Sat: 1p-4p
The Michelson Museum of Art was established in 1985 for the special purpose of accepting and caring for the life work of Russian-American artist Leo Michelson (1887-1978). Since then the museum has expanded to include the Gloria and Bernard Kronenberg Collection of early 20th century American art and the Ramona and Jay Ward Collection of African Masks and Chinese Opera Puppets.

Starr Family Home
401 West Travis Street
Marshall, Texas 75670
Hours: Tues-Sat: 10a-4p, Sun: 12p-4p
The mission of the Starr Family Home State Historic Site is stewardship of the historical structures, collections and grounds through preservation, conservation, interpretation and research. The site presents informative views of economic, political and social affairs during the following Texas eras: Reconstruction (1865–1874), Victorian (1875–1901) and 20th century.

                         Texas & Pacific Railroad Depot Museum
                                               800 North Washington Street
                                                  Marshall, Texas 75670

Just north of downtown, you’ll find the historic Texas & Pacific Railroad Depot, constructed in 1912. Today, the Depot serves as an active Amtrak train station that receives cross-country passenger trains twice-a-day, a railroad museum and gift shop. Tourists, schools and church groups are encouraged to participate in interpretive tours given by friendly, knowledgeable guides.


Pottery Capital of East Texas

 “Pottery Capital of East Texas”

Due to the its sizeable pottery production, Marshall has been deemed the Pottery Capital of East Texas.  Some of the local manufacturers are listed here.
 Casey Pottery
1070 Pumpkin Center Road
Marshall, Texas 75670

Ellis Pottery Tent
5015 Hwy 59 North
Marshall, Texas 75670
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9a-6p, Sun: 12p-6p

Grubb Pottery Mfg. Co.
2800 W. Grand Ave.
Marshall, Texas 75670

Harris Potteries Mfg.
333 Marshall Street
Marshall, Texas 75670

Marshall Pottery
4901 Elysian Fields Rd.
Marshall, Texas 75672
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9a-5p




Marshall Regional Arts Council
2501 East End Blvd. South
Marshall, Texas 75672
The mission of the Marshall Regional Arts Council is to support, promote, and encourage participation and involvement of Marshall citizens in quality experiences in the Arts and Humanities.

Marshall Symphony Orchestra
 The Symphony Orchestra is comprised of professional and student musicians from all across the Ark-La-Tex area. The Marshall Symphony Orchestra offers the East Texas area a cultural opportunity to experience an enriched life with excellence in music through quality performances, featuring talented artists.
The Symphony Society is the governing board responsible for the activities of the Orchestra. The Society secures musicians, sells tickets, solicits contributions, and provides all necessary administrative support for Marshall Symphony Orchestra concerts.
        The Symphony League is a separate and independent organization with its own Board of Directors, Officers, and contributors. The League supports the Orchestra and Society with financial gifts, representation on the Society Board of Directors and public relations. The League also provides support for educational activities and cultural events in Marshall.

Marshall Visual Arts Center
208 East Burleson
Marshall, Texas 75670
Each year regional artists display their work in 9 separate art exhibits in the Gallery. Hours are Monday-Friday: 9:00a to 6:00p. Also each season, Community Art classes teach a variety of different techniques in different mediums are available for adults and children. Call for additional information.



Events/Festivals in Marshall

Wonderland of Lights
Approximate Dates: November 21st through December 31st
Conceived in 1987, Wonderland of Lights Festival rivals the best Christmas lighting events in the country.  Each year, more than 10 million lights creatively canvas homes and businesses with extravagant, elegant and simple displays. The Historic Harrison County Courthouse is at the center of events and visitors are enthralled with the nightly synchronized light and music shows.  Festival activities take place throughout the city, but the epicenter is the downtown square, which comfortably accommodates crowds and carries a sparkling atmosphere each evening.  For more information on this year's schedule of events, visit www.visitmarshalltexas.org.

Second Saturday: Marketplace & Car Show
Dates: The second Saturday of each month from March to November
Location: Downtown Marshall
On the second Saturday of each month from March through November, craftsmen, artists, and other vendors exhibit and sell their wares along North Washington in downtown Marshall. Vendors always welcomed. Contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau for exhibit information.  This event is hosted by the Main Street Association.

Fire Ant Festival
Dates: Mid October
Location: Downtown Marshall
The Fire Ant Festival, held each October, is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the profoundly bothersome, imported fire ant.  A wacky idea from the outset, one of its highlights is a Fire Ant Calling Contest.  A series of fun events including a parade, Chili cook-off, music, a 5K run and the Tour du Fire Ant round out the weekend.  It is held on the historic Courthouse Square in downtown Marshall.

Irish Festival
Dates: St. Patrick’s Day weekend in March
Location: Downtown Marshall
The Irish festival takes place in downtown Marshall and at the Weisman Center located at 211 North Washington Avenue.

Cinco de Mayo on the Square
Dates: Weekend of Cinco de Mayo in May
Location: Downtown Marshall
               Each year the Cinco de Mayo Festival is held around May 5th on the square in downtown Marshall. Events include music, a parade, food vendors, raffles, and lots of children’s activities like face painting, pot painting and flower making. Admission is free.

Summer Wonder
Dates: July
Location: Downtown Marshall
Summer Wonder Festival is a preview of each year’s Wonderland of Lights. It is a weekend-long event which officially kicks off the countdown to Wonderland of Lights with entertainment on two stages, an outdoor ice skating rink, an array of children-friendly attractions, arts & crafts, and great shopping in downtown Marshall. Admission to the festival is free, with tickets for ice skating, pony rides and other attractions available for sale.

Main Street Fall Festival
Dates: End of October
Location: Downtown Marshall
               Main Street Fall Festival is a safe event downtown where kids can trick-or-treat to different booths and collect lots of goodies. There will be music, bounce houses, hay rides, and more!


Other Attractions

Other Attractions in Marshall

Annual Model Train Show
Date: November
Where: T&P Railway Museum
800 North Washington
Marshall, Texas 75670

Caddo Lake State Park
245 Park Road 2
Karnack, Texas 75661

Caddo Lake Steamboat Company
“The Graceful Ghost” Tours
510 Cypress Drive
Uncertain, Texas 75661

Josey Ranch
Josey Enterprises, Inc.
8623 SH 43 North
Karnack, Texas 75661
Store Hours: Mon-Sat: 8a-5p

Marshall Cinema
1901 East Travis
Marshall, Texas 75672
Showtimes: 903-935-5662
Prices - Adults: $5.50, Kids: $3.75, Seniors: $3.75, Matinees: $3.75

Marshall Symphony’s Dixieland on the Square
Date: September
Where: Downtown Marshall

Marshall Symphony’s Jeans N’ Classics
Date: September
Where: Downtown Marshall

Maverick Bowling Center
2401 East Travis
Marshall, Texas 75672
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11a-10p, Fri-Sat: 12p-12a, Sun: 12p-8p


Local Television Stations


Local TV Stations
The Marshall Channel
Cable Local Access Channel 19
Marshall, Texas

News Stations
KTBS Channel 3
312 East Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71104
KTAL Channel 6
3150 North Market Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
KSLA Channel 12
1812 Fairfield Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71107


Radio Stations


103.9 FM & 1450 AM
2323 Jefferson Ave
Marshall, Texas 76570
(903) 923-8000
Local Television Service Providers


Fidelity Communications
501 E Grand Ave
Marshall, TX 75670
A Ace Dish (Dish Network)
Authorized DirecTV / Dish Network
700 N Franklin Street
Marshall, TX 75670
Dish Network Corporate
DirecTV Corporate
TNT Satellites (DirecTV)
607 Pinewood Drive
Marshall, TX 75672-5817
(903) 923-8486