Marker honoring bluesman Robert Johnson stolen

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.