New wing to open in 2012 in Clarksdale, Mississippi


Groundbreaking Ceremony
Muddy Waters Addition Rendering

On March 22, 2011, The Delta Blues Museum Board of Trustees, in coordination with the City of Clarksdale, the Stovall Family and D. Carroll Construction, broke ground on the Museum's new wing, to be dedicated as the Muddy Waters Addition. Completion of the new wing is expected by the end of 2011, in time for opening to the public in 2012.

The Delta Blues Museum has been housed in the historic freight depot since 1999. The Muddy Waters Addition, will encompass 7,000 square feet and features a two-story wing that will house new permanent exhibits and showcase the remains of the cabin from Stovall Farms, where McKinley Morganfield (aka Muddy Waters) grew up.

Museum Board of Directors President William Gresham thanked the design and construction teams as well as the Stovall family for their generous gift, saying, "The Muddy Waters Addition represents the museum's ongoing commitment to our mission, honoring the history and heritage of Delta Blues music, musicians and their important influence."

Show your support for the Delta Blues Museum by purchasing an Engraved Blues Brick that will be used in the Muddy Waters Addition.

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Pictured above at Groundbreaking Ceremony:
L to R: Kevin Clanton, David Carroll, Will Finn / D. Carroll Construction; Commissioner Buster Moton; Cathy Clark / City Clerk; Commissioner Edward Seals; Jim Herring, Johnny Lewis, Dr. Frank Marascalco, Yvonne Stanford / Delta Blues Museum Board; Howard Stovall; Shelley Ritter, Delta Blues Museum Director; Clarksdale Mayor Henry Espy; Curtis Boschert, City Attorney; Maggie Bjorgum, Belinda Stewart Architects; Brian Copeland, Mississippi Department of Transportation; Belinda Stewart, Belinda Stewart Architects [Photo credit: Chuck Lamb / Lamb Photography]

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