The $8,000 Mississippi Blues Trail
marker that honors bluesman Robert Johnson has been stolen from its
spot on Money Road.
The theft was discovered less than a week since a marker
honoring civil rights-era slaying victim Emmett Till was discovered
missing from U.S. 49.
Allan Hammons, the president and chief executive officer of
Hammons & Associates, which has helped to develop the blues trail
markers, said the theft constitutes grand larceny of state
The marker is similar to other historical markers, but it also
features a vinyl insert on one side, which includes photos and maps
of significance to the person being honored.
Hammons said the marker's disappearance has been reported to the
Leflore County Sheriff's Department.
Last weekend, the Emmett Till Memorial Highway sign on U.S. 49
was discovered missing.
Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago who was abducted, tortured and
killed while visiting relatives in Money on Aug. 28, 1955, after he
reportedly whistled at a white woman.
That marker has been replaced.