Dockery Farms, "Birthplace of the Delta Blues"
Dockery Farms was established in 1895 to produce cotton. Charley Patton and other blues pioneers worked at the farm and it is here where they learned to play guitar and create the unique form of music known as the Delta Blues.
Backstory and Context
Dockery Farms is an excellent example of the Mississippi Delta plantation, an institution whose complex economic, racial, and cultural worlds nurtured the blues in uniquely powerful ways. The beautifully restored buildings at Dockery recall an era in which blues artists performed in communities throughout the Mississippi Delta.