The Delta Blues Museum, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, will celebrate it s 40th anniversary in January.
The museum was founded on January 31, 1979, by Sid Graves, a poet and musician and the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Public Library.
The museum is dedicated to exploring the history and heritage of the Blues, a unique American art form.
The museum houses some unique exhibits, including thousands of archived 78 records recorded by blues singers, many of them icons of the genre.
The museum literally houses Muddy Waters’ log cabin from Stovall Farm, Mississippi, outside of Clarksdale., where Waters lived the first 30 years of his life.
Waters also made his first recordings there in 1941 and 1942 for Alan Lomax, an American ethnomusicologist, who specialized in preserving and archiving folk and blues music.
He also worked at Stovall Farm as a sharecropper and a tractor driver. The former location of Waters’ house is the beginning of the Mississippi Blues Trail.
The Delta Blues Museum, located at the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi where the blues began.
The museum will host a number of festivals in the coming year, including the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, Hambone Festival, the Deep Blues Festival, Goat Fest, Clarksdale Film Festival, the Juke Joint Festival and the Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival.