The Port Arthur News said Sunday a Texas state historical marker was placed outside of Joplin's childhood home this weekend and those who knew the rocker came to remember the late singer.
"I can remember her giggle," said local resident Monteel Copple, who knew the Big Brother and The Holding Company star when they were children.
Saturday's dedication also marked Joplin's birthday, but those who knew her could not help but recall the news of her unexpected death Oct. 4, 1970.
"I also remember the morning I woke up in October and heard the news from California," Copple said of that shocking day in history.
The "Me and Bobby McGee" singer was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room, an apparent victim of a heroin overdose.