2016 Grantee: Delta Blues Museum

Read more about The Delta Blues Museum on their website.



Museum director Shelley Ritter accepted a $13,225 grant on behalf of the Delta Blues Museum, located in Clarksdale.


GRANT PROJECT: “Boogie Children: Celebrating John Lee Hooker“

This project created a physical exhibit at the Museum and a website feature on John Lee Hooker, along with related educational programs and materials, including a marketing plan for the museum.



In celebration of the John Lee Hooker Centennial, a number of events were hosted at the Museum, which several other organizations supported: Friends of the Delta Blues Museum, Mississippi Humanities Council, Mississippi Tourism Association, Visit Clarksdale, Mississippi Arts Commission, and a Mississippi Bicentennial Grant made possible through the Mississippi Legislature in partnership with the Mississippi Development Authority/Visit Mississippi.

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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.

Keep up with the Delta Blues Museum at their Facebook page as well as their website.