The First Rock In The Memorial Garden Honouring Blues Icon B.B. King Was Laid In A Ceremony Last Week (Ends13dec15).
The guitar great passed away aged 89 in May (15) after suffering a series of strokes, and his body was taken on a tour so fans could say farewell.
He was subsequently buried in the grounds of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi, and the facility is now set to undergo a $4.5 million (£2.8 million) expansion, which includes a memorial garden at King's grave.
The first rock, a black granite slab, was laid on the site on Friday (11Dec15) during a dedication ceremony, which was attended by more than 100 friends and family. The rock, which is engraved with his birth name Riley B. King, his signature and the lyrics to his track Take It Home, will become the centrepiece of the garden.
His daughter Karen King Williams says, "This is such an outpouring of love and seeing how the Delta really loved B.b. King and what a wonderful man he was... This is just how he would want to be remembered."
Following his death, Karen and her sister Patty accused King's longtime manager LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson of poisoning the guitarist, but a coroner ruled he died of natural causes.