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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

Founder

National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame

ABOUT US

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

Help us make this a reality

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

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OUR MISSION

Celebrate R&B Icons

Our mission is to Educate, preserve, promote, and present rhythm & blues music by inspiring knowledge, appreciation, and celebrating the history of rhythm & blues music globally.


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.


Prince

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.


Usher

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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In order to make this a reality we need help from multiple sources.

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Raised: $525,270; Goal: $25,000,000

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Donnie Simpson

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Cathy Hughes

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   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.

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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.



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Memorabilia


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 have to say

"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

Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Marks, MS

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Date: September 30, 2022

Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Marks, MS

2022 Inductees Announced

Date: October 1, 2022

Time: TBA

Location: Virtual

2022 Induction Ceremony

Date: December 3, 2022

Time: TBA

Location: Virtual

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©2022 The National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Foundation. All Rights Reserved

On May 3, 2022, City and County officials reached an agreement for the site of the permanent home for the Hall of Fame to be the Town of Marks, Mississippi. The National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame was founded in 2010 by former basketball player and Hall of Famer Lamont "ShowBoat" Robinson. Robinson has inducted many of the most notable figures in Rhythm & Blues music in annual ceremonies held in various cities. Robinson cited the tremendous history of the area related to Music and Civil Rights among several reasons for deciding to place the Hall of Fame in Marks.

The location of the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Museum and Entertainment Village in Marks and Quitman County will provide a natural, authentic, and historic platform for the Hall of Fame. The founders intend to showcase the origins and future of rhythm & blues in a variety of specifically-designed educational and interactive experiences and attractions, allowing visitors and tourists to partake in a truly historic setting.