• Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church - Morgan City, Mississippi

      Roadtrip Attraction
      The myths that surrounded Blues legend Robert Johnson's life continued to the manner of his death and indeed his final resting place. Mount Zion Baptist Church was for many years thought to be where he was buried (this is what is given on his death certificate) but two other locations - nearby Payne Chapel and Little Zion - have since been given as the "real site of his grave (and today's thinking suggests that the latter's claims are the strongest). Whatever the case, the monument here, erected by Columbia Records in 1991, is the most impressive of the three.

      Photo by Peter Thody

      If you go:
      One of the sides of the memorial quotes from Johnson's song Me and the Devil Blues: "You may bury my body down by the highway side." Another lists every one of his recorded songs: as many of these mention the devil, this side faces away from the church.


      County Road 511
      Morgan City, Mississippi 38946 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Clarksdale Visitor Information Cente
      +1 (662) 621-8004