donations raised through the Deeper Roots Campaign,
the Delta Blues Museum will
be able to offer even more to visitors and students.
the NEW Deeper Roots video
narrated by Morgan Freeman
Be a part of the
Museum and help us achieve our goal!
how you can Donate to the Deeper Roots Campaign:
Donate to the Deeper Roots campaign through PayPal
check or money order to:
Deeper Roots Campaign, Delta Blues Museum,
#1 Blues Alley, PO Box 459, Clarksdale, MS
of any amount are appreciated. Special naming
opportunities are available, Contact the Museum
for more details. Help us
to tell a deeper story and broaden our efforts to
preserve the Blues for generations to come.
its creation in 1979, the Delta Blues Museum has
worked to preserve, interpret, and encourage a deep
interest in the story of the Blues.
are the oldest music museum in Mississippi, and
we honor the culture and the musicians that shaped
this deeply rooted art form.
As a public educational
institution, our vision is to —
Encourage a deep interest in the story of the
Blues and those who shape, play and preserve it
Foster a clear and a comprehensive understanding
of the relationship between the Blues and other
forms of American music
Provide relevant, creative educational programs,
performances, exhibits and visitor experiences
Create a museum environment where ideas are
shared with objectivity and respect for our diverse
With this vision in
mind, the Delta Blues Museum has launched its DEEPER
ROOTS campaign, to raise $1.2 million designated
to expand current exhibits and create new installations.
This will enable us to offer new and expanded exhibits
that feature the history of Clarksdale’s Blues culture,
as told by the musicians and the music they created.
A DEEPER STORY
Visitors will learn
about the music, how it evolved into what we think
of as the Blues in the Mississippi Delta and how
it spread globally.
exhibits in the Muddy Waters Addition will focus
heavily on the 1940’s documentation of Blues in
Coahoma County and the “discovery” of Muddy Waters,
showcasing his former home from Stovall Plantation.
Other sections will showcase The Migration of the
genre and its outgrowths. The experience will also
look at how the Delta Blues is alive and well in
Clarksdale and in the world today.
The Museum’s permanent collection will be augmented
with items and artifacts on loan from artists
and collectors from around the world
New and expanded exhibits will utilize film,
video and, of course, music— listening stations
and interactive kiosks will offer visitors a chance
to hear the music created by these artists and
follow its development from Africa to modern day.
But to fully realize
this vision, we need your help to fund the DEEPER
ROOTS campaign, for the Delta Blues Museum
and the history it holds. The Museum relies on contributions
to support the creation of exhibitions, public and
educational programs, publications and collections.
Our unique position as a museum that explores music
and popular culture allows us to serve as a gateway
to the music of the Mississippi Delta, sounds that
shaped the music of the world, in a way few organizations
Musselwhite, acclaimed Blues musician
and Delta Blues Museum ambassador
Morgan Freeman ~
"The Blues represent the roots of American
Music. And as Mississippi's oldest music museum,
the Delta Blues Museum represents the heart
and soul of the Blues - not by honoring an
industry or any one individual, but by honoring
the culture and the musicians that shaped
this art form. The DEEPER ROOTS campaign will
provide state-of-the-art educational features
for the museum, including exhibits for the
new Muddy Waters Addition - a 7,300 square-foot
expansion of the museum's facility in downtown
Clarksdale. Join me in support of the DEEPER
ROOTS campaign, and help the Delta Blues Museum
tell an even deeper story of the Blues for
generations to come."
Charlie Musselwhite ~
“The Delta Blues Museum represents the heart
and soul of the Blues—not by honoring the
music industry or any one individual, but
by honoring the culture and the musicians
that created this art form. I support the
DEEPER ROOTS campaign and want others to do
the same, to help the Delta Blues Museum tell
an even deeper story of the Blues.”
acclaimed actor and supporter of blues
history and the Mississippi region