Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Southern rock band famous for classic cuts like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird,” now has highway signs pointing to the site of the October 20th, 1977 Mississippi plane crash that claimed the lives of some of its members.
Over four decades after the incident that killed multiple musicians, highway exit signs were recently added to help onlookers find the site versus three large granite markers that previously existed in Gillsburg since 2019. “People were always asking where the crash site is. It’s very difficult to get to and there are no markings,” said said Bobby McDaniel, president of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument Project.
Fans gathered Sunday (November 15th) as the Mississippi Department of Transportation unveiled the exit signs from Interstate 55 near McComb and state Highway 568 near Gillsburg. The signs were erected following legislation requiring the state provide the overt markings for the crash monument as the site was one of the biggest tourist attractions in Southwest Mississippi, drawing 4,500 people from 13 countries, 39 states and five Canadian provinces.