Muddy Waters’ Chicago Home Receives $50,000 for Restoration

By N. Jamiyla Chisholm Jul 22, 2020

The 1889 Chicago home that legendary blues performer Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield (1913-1983), lived in for 20 years will be restored and turned into the Muddy Waters Mojo Museum thanks to a $50,000 grant awarded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, HP Herald reports.

The Muddy Waters House Grant was part of a $1.6 million purse for 27 sites and organizations through its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, the Trust announced on July 16. The Waters grant will help to restore the six-time Grammy-winner’s first house that was also his studio and a temporary home for musicians. 

“The recipients of this funding exemplify centuries of African American resilience, activism, and achievement, some known and some yet untold, that tell the complex story of American history in the United States,” Brent Leggs, executive director of the Action Fund, said in the announcement. “With urgency and intention, the nation must value the link between architecture and racial justice, and should fund these and other cultural assets to ensure their protection and preservation.”

The Muddy Waters Mojo Museum site says on their website that the first floor will honor the blues legend with photography, art, stories and memorabilia; the basement would become a jam out space with a recording studio and lounge and the exterior will feature a community garden.

To learn more about the museum project, visit their website here.