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“If there is going to be a National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame it belongs in Marks, MS!”

LaMont “ShowBoat” Robinson


National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame


Welcome to The National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

No other American music genre has had the universal appeal and global impact as Rhythm & Blues. Despite its enormous influence, there is no one place that tells the comprehensive story of this uniquely American music. The National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame will celebrate Rhythm & Blues and related genres artists, plus business and political individuals, that have made major contributions to the world’s music industry.

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R&B Chitlin Circuit Tour

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National R&B Walk of Fame

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Motown Music Experience

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Mule Train National Civil Rights Experience

Lets make a big difference in preserving R&B Music History.

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The National R&B Hall of Fame coming to Quitman County – Marks, MS.

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Celebrate R&B Icons

The mission of the R&B HOF is to be a vital part of preserving the history of Rhythm & Blues music and the culture in America that ignited its creation.

The R&B HOF will strive to collect and safeguard artifacts as well as document the accomplishments of the many individuals that have contributed to and influenced lives through R&B music. The R&B HOF will be at the forefront of providing innovative educational programs for children by using music as a mechanism for teaching history, math and social studies, through state-of-the-art technology. In a culturally diverse world, the R&B HOF will emphasize diversity throughout its programming.

Aretha Franklin

was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. Referred to as the “Queen of Soul”, she has twice been placed ninth in Rolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. With global sales of over 75 million records, Franklin is one of the world’s best-selling music artists.


was an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation, he was known for his flamboyant, androgynous persona and wide vocal range, which included a far-reaching falsetto and high-pitched screams.


is an American R&B singer. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Chattanooga, TN, until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions before catching the attention of a music A&R from LaFace Records.

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Raised: $0.00; Goal: $3,000,000 Phase I

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R&B @ 80 Years

2015 R&B HOF Induction Ceremony

Donnie Simpson

Cornell West

Cathy Hughes

Rev. Al Sharpton

Dennis Edwards & The Temptations

Eddie Holman

The Whispers

Smokey Robinson

The Impressions

Donnie Simpson & Dennis Edwards (The Temptations)

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Past Induction Ceremonies

October 4, 2015 – Detroit, MI

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Four Tops

2015 Inductee

August 21, 2016 – Dearborn, MI

Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

Cathy Hughes

2016 Inductee

June 3, 2018 – Detroit, MI

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Melba Moore

2018 Inductee






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We are exploring multiple platforms and avenues to raise the capital to make this project a reality. We are already off to a great start so with your help we can make a permanent home of the National R&B Hall of Fame a reality.


Brick Drive

Make your mark at the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

Buy a custom engraved brick as a gift, as a special dedication with your name or your favorite artists’ or loved ones.



Memorabilia is the beating heart of our institution.We pride ourselves for not

just the high level of design and display, but also providing a platform to tell stories about the artists and in the best circumstances, so that the story told is unique, authentic, and in the voice the artist would like it communicated.

Check out what the Legends & Dignitaries have to say

The Quitman County stakeholders are to be commended for their hard work in coming together in solidarity to have Marks/Quitman, Mississippi selected as “the home”  for the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will be the catalyst to Delta tourism growth and opportunities, and a means to attract business and industry. I am grateful to the founder and CEO LaMont “ShowBoat” Robinson and his board for having the vision to select Quitman County, which will be the “official home” of the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame”.
Rep. Bennie Thompson

U.S. Congressman

“I am super excited about the opportunities that awaits Quitman County and the Mississippi Delta with the announcement of the location of the National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame (NRBHF) being located in historic Marks MS. I look forward to working with Mr. Robinson CEO of NRBHF, the Quitman County Board of Supervisors and City of Marks to bring this to fruition.”
Senator Robert L. Jackson

CEO, Quitman County Dev.

“First, let me say I am honored to be included amongst the incredibly talented artists that hold the distinction of being inducted into the National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame. It goes without saying, the importance of this hall of fame being established gives recognition to the bodies of music that we as artists have been able to share with many who have, and continue to support our careers.”

Dionne Warwick

R&B Legend

“This is a great day in music history and for the legacy of rhythm and blues music and artists, I am a very proud member and inductee of the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.”

Marshall Thompson

The Chi-Lites

“I am very grateful to have Mr. LaMont “ShowBoat” Robinson come to Quitman County to bring the National R&B Hall of Fame, which will be a tribute to all the music legends that hailed from the Delta. I see this project as bringing awareness to our musical roots and heritage and a means to create opportunities within our community”.

Mayor Joe Shegog

City of Marks

“The Quitman County Board of Supervisors president, Manuel Killebrew, stated that Quitman county is very fortunate to have been selected as the site for the NRBHF. Killebrew sees this project as a means to help address the poverty barriers by bringing jobs, opportunities, and economic revival to this county.”

Manuel Killebrew

The Quitman County Board of Supervisors President

“Hi, Ladies and gentlemen for whom it may concern. I heard about what is about to take place in Marks, MS. R&B Hall of Fame I want to be a part of this project to preserve the Icons of such great R&B men and women of the Delta and elsewhere like Muddy Waters, Howlin, BB King and James Brown. Just to name a few. I’m one of the oldest blues men standing and living in MS. Not only will this educate us about R&B but on the other hand, it will teach us about Jim Crow days and how much things have changed but yet how much things remain the same. The Civil right movement with Martin L King and others, how many legendary blues artists came out of the Mississippi Delta and around Marks, MS what a wonderful thing you are doing. Mrs. Wilson, thank you for asking me to be a part of such a wonderful thing like this. It will no doubt be Mark, MS on the map as a tourist town. Good luck and I wish you well. See you at the groundbreaking may God continue to bless you.”

Bobby Rush

Blues Legend

“Hello LaMont, 

Thank you so much for all of your support in the ‘Arts’. It is people like you who really go that step beyond. Again thank you for all you have done. I look forward to seeing you next year at the ‘RHYTHM BLUES HALL OF FAME EVENT.”

The Late Mary Wilson Co-Founding Member of The Supremes ‘

National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Inductee 

National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Board Member/Host MC  

Last Email to Me 11/3/2020

Mary Wilson

The Supremes

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Upcoming Events.

The main purpose of developing the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame is to collect and preserve artifacts and to document accomplishments of individuals involved in R&B, Gospel and Hip-Hop music.

Press Conference

Date: July 28, 2022