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Money Road

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It’s Leflore County Road 518, a 20-mile stretch of two-lane asphalt that runs from Greenwood to Mississippi Highway 8, and just one of a million little local roads all across America, just a way to get from here to there and back again.

If only. This road is seared into the nation’s consciousness as Money Road, and the chords of devilish blues and the depths of murderous anger infuse it like a curse, winding along with it as it hugs the banks of the Tallahatchie River. Passing farms with names like Sweet Home and Wildwood, taking the curve past a storied churchyard and forever vibrating with that fateful night when all hell broke loose at a simple country store, this pavement carries America’s memories on its back.

Robert Johnson Image © Delta Haze Corp.