Support the Preservation of the Riverside Hotel, a Birthplace of Rock and Roll

In 1944, Mrs. Z.L. Ratliff opened The Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale, Mississippi, as a boarding house for Black people, eventually extending the building to include 20 guest rooms over two floors. As one of the only Black hotels and boarding homes in Jim Crow-era Mississippi, The Riverside played host to a who's who of musical legends such as Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, Howlin’ Wolf, and Duke Ellington, making it central to American musical history as a landmark of the legendary Delta Blues sound and—literally—one of the birthplaces of rock and roll.

Owned by the Ratliff family since 1957, The Riverside is also the only hotel related to blues history that is still Black-owned in Clarksdale. But the building, which has not been operational since storm damage in April 2020, needs significant rehabilitation. 

Add your name as a sign of support for the renovation and restoration of this important site of American music history. We’ll also provide you with updates on how you can continue to protect The Riverside Hotel and other places in need of our support.

Personal Information

New registrants who take action will receive periodic updates and communications from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.