Muddy Waters’ Former House to Be Converted Into a Community Center

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation has given a $50,000 grant to begin renovations on Muddy Waters’ former house in the North Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago, as the Hyde Park Herald notes. The grant arrives through the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

The Muddy Waters MOJO Museum, a project led by Waters’ great-granddaughter, Chandra Cooper, will comprise a community cultural center and neighborhood museum focusing on Muddy Waters and the blues. The space will include a small venue, recording studio, and community garden. Learn more information and find donation details at the MOJO Museum’s website.

Waters bought the brick house at 4339 S. Lake Park Avenue in 1954 and lived there for 20 years, using it primarily as a rehearsal space. In 2013, the property was deemed unsafe by the Department of Buildings.

“It was so significant to get this grant money from the trust, because it’s really saving this house from any more deterioration,” Chandra Cooper told the Hyde Park Herald. The project is expected to be complete within two years.

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