BoB research,_Mississippi

Quito is an unincorporated community located in Leflore County, Mississippi. Quito is approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Morgan City and 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Itta Bena along Mississippi Highway 7.

It is part of the Greenwood, Mississippi micropolitan area.

The cemetery of Payne Chapel in Quito is one of three locations held to be the burial place of blues musician Robert Johnson.


Quito *looks* like it was named for proximate Mosquito Lake but maybe not. Maybe it is named for the South American capital of Ecuador. The wikipedia article on the village doesn’t provide an answer. We do learn from the article that Alexandria is a variant name of this particular Quito, with the citation as James F. Brieger’s “Hometown Mississippi” published in 1980.

The 3 listed burial sites of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, all in the same county of LeFlore:

The exact location of his grave is officially unknown; three different markers have been erected at possible sites in church cemeteries burial outside Greenwood.

Research in the 1980s and 1990s strongly suggests Johnson was buried in the graveyard of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church near Morgan City, Mississippi, not far from Greenwood, in an unmarked grave. A one-ton cenotaph in the shape of an obelisk, listing all of Johnson’s song titles, with a central inscription by Peter Guralnick, was placed at this location in 1990, paid for by Columbia Records and numerous smaller contributions made through the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund.
In 1990, a small marker with the epitaph “Resting in the Blues” was placed in the cemetery of Payne Chapel near Quito, Mississippi, by an Atlanta rock group named the Tombstones, after they saw a photograph in Living Blues magazine of an unmarked spot alleged by one of Johnson’s ex-girlfriends to be Johnson’s burial site.[45]
More recent research by Stephen LaVere (including statements from Rosie Eskridge, the wife of the supposed gravedigger) indicates that the actual grave site is under a big pecan tree in the cemetery of the Little Zion Church, north of Greenwood along Money Road. Through Stephen LaVere, Sony Music has placed a marker at this site, which bears LaVere’s name as well as Johnson’s.

An interviewee in the documentary The Search for Robert Johnson (1991) suggests that owing to poverty and lack of transportation Johnson is most likely to have been buried in a pauper’s grave (or “potter’s field”) very near where he died.


Quito, MS and Quito, TN are both near an Egypt.

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