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Devil's Crossroads

599 N State St, Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614 USA

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The crossroads is right next to Abe's Bar-B-Q, marked by a sign in the middle of a tiny triangle of grass. As is common with legends—and especially when blues legend Robert Johnson is involved— there are multiple locations that claim to be the site of Johnson's notorious deal with the devil, but only the Clarksdale location has an indisputably rich music history and a sign. According to Abe's, "it’s very possible that Robert Johnson, while sitting on a Coca-Cola case under one of the sycamore trees that was prominent at that corner back then, eating an Abe’s Bar-B-Q made that legendary deal."

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“Where Robert Johnson sold his soul”

According to legend, as a young man living on a plantation in rural Mississippi, Robert Johnson was branded with a burning desire to become a great blues musician. He was "instructed" to take his guitar to a crossroad near Dockery Plantation at midnight. There he was met by a large black man (the Devil) who took the guitar and tuned it. The "Devil" played a few songs and then returned the guitar to Johnson, giving him mastery of the instrument. This was in effect, a deal with the Devil mirroring the legend of Faust. In exchange for his soul, Robert Johnson was able to create the blues for which he became famous. Most musicians who knew Johnson well, such as Johnny Shines, never heard him claim that he had sold his soul to the Devil. Different accounts give contradictory information in this regard, but there is no conclusive evidence one way or another."Me And The Devil" begins, "Early this morning when you knocked upon my door/Early this morning when you knocked upon my door/And I said, 'Hello, Satan, I believe it's time to go,'" and continues with, "You may bury my body down by the highway side/You may bury my body down by the highway side/So my old evil spirit can catch a Greyhound bus and ride."Johnson's lyrics to "Cross Road Blues" ("Standin' at the crossroads, tried to flag a ride") suggest he was hitchhiking rather than selling his soul to the Devil.

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  • 1 Review
  • 10 Helpful
June 13, 2020
Rated 3.0

Stopped at the Crossroads at midnight and I guess the Devil didn’t show because I still can’t play the blues. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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  • Photographer
  • 13 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
May 25, 2014

Drove by this place accidentally,looking for seafood ended up finding solefood.

6 people found this review helpful

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  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 29, 2014

Disputed location, but a pretty cool sign. Abe's bbq is also @ this crossroads...we didn't stop, but it looked interesting

1 person found this review helpful

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Tracylynn Chrestman

  • 14 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
April 25, 2022
Rated 5.0

This corner is something else. I loved the mural on the wall and the sign in the road. Great story too!

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Devil's Crossroads

599 N State St
Clarksdale, Mississippi
38614 USA
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