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Personalities > Music > Robert Johnson
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Added On: June 03, 2007 - 02:13 AM UTC
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Money Rd, Greenwood, MS 38930, USA (Greenwood, Mississippi)
The Mystery of Robert Johnson's Burial
The life and death of blues legend Robert Johnson has more than its fair share of mystery.  From the legend that he sold his soul to the devil, to his nomadic ways, to his untimely and mysterious death, his story has continued to baffle researchers to this day.  For many years, even his final resting place was an absolute mystery.  There were three rumored cemeteries and no one was completely sure which one was the right one and the only clue offered by his death certificate was that he was buried at "Zion Baptist Church." 

Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church
The mystery was solved when local resident Rosie Eskridge came forward and recalled her husband Tom digging Johnson's grave next to a pecan tree at Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church.  At the time, the grave was unmarked but a headstone has since been erected on the very spot that Mrs. Eskridge placed the grave.  Since then, this cemetery is now recognized as the most probable final resting spot of the blues legend, based on her testimony and the relative vicinity to the residence at the Star of the West Plantation where Johnson died.  The Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church is located about two miles from Greenwood on Money Road (on the left coming from Greenwood).

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Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Photo Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church and cemetery outside Greenwood, Mississippi - June 2007.
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Historical Marker Outside Little Zion in Greenwood
A historical marker outside Little Zion M.B. Church marking Robert Johnson's grave - June 2007.
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Robert Johnson's Grave at Little Zion
Robert Johnson's grave at Little Zion M.B. Church outside Greenwood, Mississippi in June 2007.
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Robert Johnson's Grave Next to Tree at Little Zio
Photo of tree alongside Johnson's grave, which residents recalled about his burial - June 2007.
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