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PHOTO: W.C. Handy house siteThe 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.
PHOTO: Delta Blues MuseumThe Delta Blues Museum is located in an old Carnegie Public Library on Delta Avenue. It houses a collection of memorabilia from B.B. King, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters, and others. The museum also curates blues records and features blues workshops by local artists.
PHOTO: Riverside HotelAt 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.
PHOTO: Crossroads - the intersection of highways 61 and 49Crossroads are important landmarks in the flat, homogeneous Delta landscape, and the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale is one such landmark. Tommy Johnson claimed to have met a diabolical figure at midnight on a crossroads in the Delta. This large black man tuned Johnson's guitar so that Johnson could play any song he wanted. Another Delta bluesman, Robert Johnson, wrote "Crossroads Blues," wherein he sang "Sun goin' down boy, dark gon' catch me here." It typified the fear of such a place after dark.

PHOTO: Muddy Waters' cabin siteEight miles outside of Clarksdale is Stovall Plantation, the location of the Muddy Waters cabin site. Muddy Waters ran a juke joint on this site and was first recorded here by Library of Congress folklorists Alan Lomax and John Work. The cabin is now on tour for the House of Blues Corporation.


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