The Delta Blues Museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value, and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues.
Clarksdale, Mississippi has been a center for blues culture since the 1920s. Its location as a transportation hub where Highways 61 and 49 connect, where the Illinois Central and other railroads maintained depots and passenger terminals, and where the Greyhound Bus Company built a station made Clarksdale an economic boom town.
Flush times created audiences with money to spend for entertainment, and the blues flourished in the city.
Many now-legendary musical artists were born and raised in and around Clarksdale: Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Son House, Ike Turner, Jackie Brenston, Sam Cooke, Junior Parker, and W. C. Handy, among them.
Clarksdale was a major market for the Delta's constantly traveling musicians, and the likes of Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, and Charley Patton are also associated with the city.
Today, that historic blues culture is preserved for visitors while contemporary musicians carry on the great Delta blues tradition.