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The Great River

The Mississippi River is the defining feature of the Delta. Forming the western border of the region, it has created some of the most fertile soil in the world. The river has also brought hardship, notably the 1927 flood, the most destructive in U.S. history. The flood was memorialized in Charley Patton's classic blues High Water Everywhere: "So high the water was risin' our men sinkin' down / Man, the water was risin' at places all around." This tragedy kicked off the Great Migration upriver to northern industrial cities - see our Explore and Learn feature and our virtual field trip.

Learn more about this "most southern place on earth" from one of our partners, the Mississippi River Parkway Commission, which offers The Great River Road - a historic, scenic drive that traces the river's course through 10 states over 3,000 miles. The Delta Blues Museum is an official Great River Road Interpretive Center. And check out our Gift Shop for river-related souvenirs, from CDs and books to posters and tees.

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To purchase tickets online and learn more about our current hours and protocols, please visit our tickets page.

For more information about Delta Blues Museum, see our official website at

Christone Kingfish Ingram at Ground Zero Blues Club - Juke Joint Festival 2015

...and don't forget about our YouTube channel and our Podcasts!



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Thanks for your continued and future support!

Shelly Ritter, Director

This newsletter is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and, in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

This site is made possible through support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rock River Foundation.

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This site made possible through the support of Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rock River Foundation.

Support for the Delta Blues Foudation, Inc has been provided by, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation.

Museum Contact information

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#1 Blues Alley Lane
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Phone: 662-627-6820