Marty Stuart announces Congress of Country Music project in Mississippi. In addition to his Grammy-winning career as one of country music's most versatile musicians, Marty Stuart has long been a tireless advocate for the preservation of the genre's rich history.
Stuart, whose personal collection includes more than 20,000 country music-related artifacts comprising the largest private collection of its kind in the world, presented digital renderings of the project at the Mississippi State Capitol.
The Congress of Country Music will be built in Stuart's hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi, incorporating the town's historic Ellis Theater and will include a concert venue, museum and the Marty Stuart Center, an educational facility where students can learn about the wide array of available careers in the music industry.
The center is already endorsed by the Grammy Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Library of Congress.
Among the vast collection of artifacts Stuart has collected through the years are custom rhinestone-laden suits worn by such iconic performers as Hank Williams and Porter Wagoner, vintage musical instruments, posters and other one-of-a-kind memorabilia.