Clarksdale, the County seat of Coahoma County, was
founded by John Clark in 1848 and was incorporated in 1882. Located
on the banks of the Sunflower River, in the fertile alluvial plain called
the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta, Clarksdale has long been the agricultural,
commercial and cultural center for the North Delta. World renowned artists,
musicians and writers claim Clarksdale as their home and inspiration.
Clarksdale is the “Birthplace of the Blues” and is the location
of the legendary Crossroads where Blues pioneer Robert Johnson purportedly
sold his soul to the devil. The Delta Blues Museum is located in the
historic railroad freight depot in the downtown. Clarksdale has several
annual festivals: the Juke Joint Festival in April, the Delta Jubilee
in June, the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in August and
the Tennessee Williams Festival in September-October.