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1453 South State Street, Syracuse, NY 13205  |   315-760-3155

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Libba Cotton Grove

Located half a block North of Dunbar

Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten, was a Grammy Award-winning, a left-handed guitarist who was known to perform blues and folk—her most popular song being the well-known tune, Freight Train. While Cotten was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and then lived in Washington D.C. for the majority of her life, it was in Syracuse N.Y. where she ultimately ended up, and where she passed away in 1987 at the age of 92. Four years before her death, the city of Syracuse named a park in Libba’s honor after dubbing her Syracuse’s First Living Treasure. She was seen in the community as a representation of how hard work in the face of adversity could lead to success. The Libba Cotton Grove can be found on S. State Street, just a short walk from The Dunbar Center. As of 2012, the Grove is now also home to a bronze casting of Libba and her guitar, a constant reminder to the community of one of their heroes.

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