Where Robert Johnson Sold His Soul
This display marks the spot where blues legend Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil. It is the legendary crossroad where old Highway 61 crosses Highway 49, in Clarksdale, in the Mississippi Delta. They must have re-routed Highway 61 at some point in time because I wasted a lot of time looking for this monument! The Crossroads now shows on maps at the intersection of Hwy 161 and Hwy 49. Hwy 161 is also called N. State Street in Clarksdale. The monument is across the street from Abe's BBQ (address = 616 1/2 N State Street, Clarksdale, MS 38614). I hope this saves someone else from getting lost looking for this monument! PS: there were some power lines around this monument, so I removed them with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
From Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Johnson_(musician) :
Johnson began travelling up and down the Delta, travelling by bus, hopping trains, and sometimes hitchhiking. According to Blues folklore, Robert Johnson was a young black man living on a plantation in rural Mississippi. Branded with a burning desire to become a great blues musician, he was instructed to take his guitar to a crossroad near Dockery’s plantation at midnight. There he was met by a large black man (the Devil) who took the guitar from Johnson, tuned the guitar so that he could play anything that he wanted, and handed it back to him in return for his soul. Within less than a year’s time, in exchange for his everlasting soul, Robert Johnson became the king of the Delta blues singers, able to play, sing, and create the greatest blues anyone had ever heard.