Museum for bluesman B.B. King has strong 1st year

Brittni DeHart

From The Associated Press

The thrill is gone at many attractions across the country as recession-mired tourists stay home, but in Indianola, Miss., a favorite son is packing ’em in at the B.B. King Museum.

A year after its opening, the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center has drawn about 30,000 visitors to the Mississippi Delta town.

Attendance exceeded a first-year projection of 25,000, despite the museum’s opening last fall amid hurricanes, high gasoline prices, economic collapse and the end of the traditional summer travel season.

King said the museum’s strong launch “makes me feel real good,” but he’s not surprised by it. The muliple Grammy-winner said people worldwide are fascinated by the Delta.