Cleveland, MS

International Conference on the Blues


Cleveland, Mississippi

Smithsonian Magazine ranked Cleveland the second-best small town in the U.S. to visit.

Cleveland, Mississippi is home to Delta State University and is the agricultural, manufacturing, commercial, medical, and educational center of the Central Mississippi Delta. Cleveland's cultural tourism centers around the Delta’s rich literary heritage, its historic role in developing Blues and other forms of American music, and its pivotal role in the American Civil Rights Movement. Cleveland is widely known as the “Crossroads of Culture in the Delta.”

In 2013, Smithsonian magazine ranked Cleveland the second-best U.S. small town to visit, noting its concentration of museums, art galleries, performing arts venues, and historic sites, and its Delta Blues heritage, with Cleveland being part of the "Cradle of American Music" along U.S. Highway 61.