ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Actor and St. Louisan John Goodman is urging donors to support a plan to create a National Blues Museum in St. Louis.
Goodman made his support known in a YouTube video posted Monday.
“I’m proud to know my hometown is doing something no city has ever done before: creating a national museum that pays tribute to the blues,” he said. “The National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis will be the first museum in the entire country to tell the entire story of the blues, which is the foundation for all modern American music.”
Goodman said the proposed $13.5 million museum will be a fitting tribute to the city’s music legacy and the legacy of stars who got their start in St. Louis, including Albert King, Ike and Tina Turner, Miles Davis and Chuck Berry.
Pinnacle Entertainment donated $6 million to the proposed museum in December of 2012, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. Board chairman Robert Endicott told the Journal that officials are looking to raise an additional $2 million with the Goodman ad.