Robert Johnson Memorial(s)


Much uncertainty clouds the life of Robert Johnson, the man who, legend has it, loved his music so much that he struck a deal with Old Scratch and exchanged his soul for the ability to play a mean guitar. Known as a loner, Johnson spent much of his life on the road playing in towns around the Delta. When he did travel with others, the group of companions was small and select, and included Son House, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Shines, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Elmore James -- not a bad crowd! His amazing guitar-playing ability is spoken of with reverence. For the blues fan, a trip to Robert Johnson's gravesite is worth a pilgrimage. The obscurity that hung haze-like around Johnson's life failed to lift when he died. Today, three separate markers claim that Johnson lies six feet under. One is located at Morgan City's Mount Zion Baptist Church. If you're curious about one of the other sites, the Robert Johnson Tombstone, travel up Hwy 7, north from Morgan City until you get to Quito. Look for Payne Chapel, the site's location. The third site of Johnson's grave is the Little Zion M.B. Church, north of Greenwood, MS.


Mount Zion Baptist Church
Morgan City, MS 38946


33.38100000, -90.34950000
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(662) 453-9197

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