robert johnson is a very interesting character in the history of mississippi delta blues. johnson (1901-1938), was a delta blues pioneer who influenced blues artists such as muddy waters and elmore james. his best known works are "sweet home chicago" and "dust my broom". eric clapton once called johnson "the most important blues singer that ever lived". johnson died at the age of 37 and is rumored that he was poisoned. one story is that he was flurting with a bar owners wife and the bar owner gave him a bottle of whiskey laced with strychnine. there is also controversy over where johnson is buried. some believe he is buried at mt. zion m.b. church cemetery in morgan city mississippi or payne chapel cemetery in quito mississippi. recent research now suggests that johnson is buried in little zion m.b. church cemetery near money mississippi.
today money is almost a ghost town. in the 1950's the money cotton mill closed which had a significant negative effect on the town's economy. also the national publicity over the murder of emmett till was not helpful to money. money is interesting to the tourist to see what a mississippi delta town looked like in the 1950's.
bryant's store was the catalyst for the events leading up to the murder of emmett till. emmett till and his cousins entered bryant's store to buy soft drinks and candy. carolyn bryant, the wife of the owner waited on till and his cousins. till made suggestive comments to mrs. bryant and asked her out on a date. bryant was insulted by till's behavior and reported the incident to her husband roy bryant. this incident enraged bryant and he and j.w. milan went to till's uncle's house to teach the boy "a lesson". bryant and milan beat and and tortured till and shot him in the head. later they tied till's body to a cotton gin fan and dumped it in the tallahatchie river. the murder of emmett till made national headlines and was an important event in creating the civil rights movement in the late 1950's and 1960's.