August 2, 2002
As you enter the museum you see the original desk of W. C. Handy, who was "The Father of the Blues". Individual showcases are filled with early blues performer's musical instruments and some of their personal items. Some of the items on display are original hand written lyrics, guitar picks, old photographs and articles of clothing belonging to the likes of Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Big Mama Thornton and Bessie Smith, just to name a few.
As you wind your way through the museum you progress in time, from decade to decade, seeing the individuals who have left their mark in history by influencing today's great performers.
"Blowin the Simple Sounds" is a showcase in Blues & Legends featuring the harmonica. Some of the "harps" on display are very rare, such as the 'Rolmonica', which could be compared to a player piano because it used rolled paper and was easily played. This collection presents more than thirty harmonicas, of which some are very unusual.
One popular exhibit is dedicated to the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, who some would say was the greatest guitar player ever. This exhibit contains an autographed guitar, an original 'Double Trouble' tour jacket, an original 1980's playbill and other memorabilia. Other popular artists include Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Dixon and Howlin Wolf.
This museum is awe inspiring, especially if you love and appreciate 'the blues'. With so many of the original blues masters gone today, this museum leaves you with a 'sacred' feeling of utmost respect and admiration for their lives and the music they created.
From journal It's Tunica Time!!!