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Delta Blues Press Release

October 13, 2022

Delta Blues Museum announces new Virtual Tours through Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area grant

Clarksdale, Mississippi

Museum's expanded online educational programming to focus on "anchor artists"


[Clarksdale, Mississippi - October 13, 2022] - Delta Blues Museum will soon expand its Virtual Tours, thanks to funding received from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA). The newest online video feature will focus on Blues legend Robert Johnson, as the Museum looks to create additional web-based content chronicling other important "anchor artists" of Blues music.

The MDNHA grants program funds projects around five themes - The River and The Land, The Blues, Freedom, Creativity Beyond Cotton, and Diverse Communities. With this funding, Delta Blues Museum will not only produce the Robert Johnson video Field Trip but will also add five new Virtual Tours led by current musicians with connections to Blues legends. Additionally, the Museum will develop a snapshot of the life and music of Howlin' Wolf through a new interactive Explore & Learn feature.

Museum Director Shelley Ritter - who recently unveiled new permanent exhibits in the Museum gallery - is seeking to similarly expand the Museum's website offerings to reach new audiences and enhance the museum experience for online visitors. "We are thrilled to be able to explore the legacies of Robert Johnson and Howlin' Wolf in more immersive and interactive ways," Ritter said, adding, "We also look forward to documenting the contributions and influences that these 'anchor artists' and others featured in our gallery have had on other musicians. Funding partners like MDNHA offer us a path to provide more educational resources online and create lifelong learning opportunities for Blues fans of all ages."

All of Delta Blues Museum's Virtual Tours and Field Trips are free to the public - viewer donations are suggested and appreciated. Online access is available at

About the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area

MDNHA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University and partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) to stimulate cultural and economic development in the Mississippi Delta region.

About the Delta Blues Museum
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 Mississippi's first music museum. A 2013 recipient of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Services - the nation's highest honor for museum and library service to the community - and a 2014 recipient 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. The Museum is also recognized as a Great River Road Interpretive Center. For more information on events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum web site at www.deltabluesmuseum.org.

Members of the press may register in the Press Room on the Museum's website to access further information, downloadable images and related materials.

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