THE IMMORTAL MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT
John's song"COFFEE BLUES" was well represented here
when someone left these cans with flowers. This was the anniversary Maxwell cans and had the date on the front 1892.
The same year marked on his tomb as the date he was born.
We started out to find Mississippi John Hurt's gravesite near Avalon, Mississippi on March 5, 2008.
A UPS driver told us to follow her and she would show us the old dirt road but we should be very careful
because this property was owned by a gun club that didn't like trespassers. We turned and drove
a couple of miles out a muddy lane that was marked, " No trespassing and Do not enter". We stopped
and walked down every lane that turned off but they always ended up at deer stands. We finally came
to a dead end. There was a gate across the road with big locks and another sign that said, "Stay out" We
decided to come back the next day and hide the car, climb over the fence and continue on our mission but
as we were returning to the highway we happened to see a tombstone in the woods and then another. We
parked the car and walked down a path and towards the very end of this family cemetery there it was,
Mississippi John Hurt's tombstone! Such a quiet, peaceful setting for a man that had lived his life in much
the same manner.
We had spent 7 days looking up 12 gravesites of the most famous pioneers of the blues, visiting 3 blues museums, a trip to the railroad tracks, "Where the Southern crosses the Yellow Dog" and spending a lot of our nightlife in Mississippi juke joints We both agreed that the visit to Mississippi John Hurt's grave was the most rewarding event of the trip.
An old store where John used to play his guitar