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.
The City of Clarksdale, located at the intersection of
Highways 61 and 49 (“the crossroads”), and
the surrounding Delta region are known as ”the land
where the blues began”.
Since its creation, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved,
interpreted, and encouraged a deep interest in the story
of the blues. Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public
Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone
museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is the state’s
oldest music museum. A five-member board appointed by
the Mayor and Board of Commissioners of Clarksdale governs
the museum. Funded by the City of Clarksdale, admissions,
memberships, gift shop revenue, granting agencies and
donations, the museum uses public and private funds to
carry out its mission.
Since 1999, the Delta Blues Museum has been housed in the historic
Clarksdale freight depot, built in 1918 for the Yazoo and Mississippi
Valley Railroad. The building was designated a Mississippi Landmark
Property in 1996. The former freight area and the adjacent Muddy
Waters expansion - about seven thousand square feet of ground
floor space - is devoted to permanent and traveling exhibits.
A 2013 recipient of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library
Services - the nationís highest honor for museum and library
service to the community - as well as a 2014 winner of the National
Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, 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, the Blues,
as a Great River Road Interpretive Center.
Jim Herring, President
Lera Kinnard, Secretary
Group Tour Manager
Exhibits & Programs Coordinator
Gift Shop Manager
Senior Sales Associate