324 Issaquena Ave, Clarksdale, Mississippi
The W.C. Handy house once stood at this site on Issaquena Street. W.C. Handy lived in Clarksdale from 1903 to 1905, and it was during these formative years that he collected many blues songs.
Delta Blues Museum
Blues Alley Lane, Clarksdale Mississippi
Founded in 1979, the Delta Blues Museum of Clarksdale houses a wide collection of artifacts from influentual blues artists, including B.B. King, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters, and others. Located in the historic Clarksdale freight depot on Blues Alley, the museum's mission is to create a welcoming space for visitors to explore the history and heritage of the Blues, and often features Blues workshops by local artists.
The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and general admission is $10.
615 Sunflower Avenue, Clarksdale Mississippi
At 615 Sunflower Avenue stands the Riverside Hotel, once the G.T. Thomas Hospital. Its most famous patient, Bessie Smith, died here in 1937 after an auto accident on Highway 61 outside of town. The Riverside Hotel has hosted famous bluesmen Sonny Boy Williamson, Ike Turner, and Robert Nighthawk, who left a suitcase here before he died.
Intersection of Highways 61 and 49, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Last updated: November 10, 2017