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Blues legend's grave site damaged

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COPIAH COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The family of blues legend Tommy Johnson says they believe someone vandalized his grave site over the weekend, but Copiah County investigators have a different theory.

Family members discovered a large chunk of the 4' tall headstone in the Warm Springs Cemetery was broken off Sunday. The grave marker with engravings of Tommy's most popular blues songs was recently erected in rural Copiah County.

Relatives say they feel it's a hate crime fueled by those who don't believe Johnson played an important role in the history of the blues.

Investigators say the heavy stone was anchored by small bolts and may have broken during stormy weather.

Relatives say they raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to build Johnson's grave marker and revitalize the cemetery. Some of that money was donated by country music legend Bonnie Raitt and other famous music artists.

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