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Mississippi Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 3, 2023

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Mississippi ranks 23rd among states and provinces with markers in this database. Mississippi is a state in the United States of America located in the American South. It is also in the East South Central region. Mississippi is some 48 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 3 million people. The state is divided into 82 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Mississippi we have discovered historical markers in 356 cities and towns lying in 298 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 2,558 historical markers in Mississippi, by our count. We have cataloged 2,542 historical markers and 164 war memorials—each individually presented on 2,649 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 1.4% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 16 historical markers in Mississippi that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Mississippi marker in the database, Madison County Courthouse, was added December 10, 2006. It was photographed in Canton in Madison County and was erected in 1977. The last one added was submitted on January 14, 2023, and titled Willie Morris. It is in Yazoo City in Yazoo County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Mississippi was erected in 1846. It was this one: Adam Rum, and one of our correspondents found it in Fayette in Jefferson County on December 25, 2019.

Mississippi Historical Topics
854 • Civil War
434 • African Americans
379 • Settlements and Settlers
335 • Arts, Letters, Music
284 • Churches and Religion
266 • Entertainment
221 • Industry and Commerce
204 • Education
198 • Waterways and Vessels
177 • Architecture
    ... and others ...

Mississippians don’t want to forget their Civil War history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Mississippi about the Civil War—854 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by African Americans with 434 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Civil War topic was Forks of the Road, added January 15, 2008. It had been erected in 1998 in Natchez in Adams County. The last one submitted was submitted on January 14, 2023, and titled Mechanicsburg. It had been erected in 2009 near Satartia in Yazoo County. The earliest marker erected with the Civil War topic that we have listed was erected in 1881. It is Confederate Monument, found in Canton in Madison County on July 30, 2018.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Mississippi? What we know is that Forks of the Road is the most viewed entry in the database from Mississippi since it was added in 2008. This year so far, the most viewed Mississippian entry is located in Tupelo in Lee County. It is Elvis Presley's Childhood Church.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Mississippi county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Warren County, with 499 of them. It is followed by Hinds County with 202 markers. The Vicksburg National Military Park area of Warren County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 317. In Hinds County the area with the most markers, 96, is Jackson.

Historical Markers in These
Mississippi Counties
499 • Warren County
202 • Hinds County
173 • Adams County
130 • Claiborne County
111 • Harrison County
105 • Lee County
72 • Lauderdale County
71 • Washington County
67 • Jackson County
63 • Alcorn County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Mississippi with the most markers we again find Vicksburg National Military Park at the top of the list with 317 markers in or near it. It is followed by Vicksburg in Issaquena County with 174 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 39183 at the top of the list with 383 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 39183 is assigned to Vicksburg MS including the Bovina, and Letourneau delivery areas.) It is followed by ZIP Code 39120 with 164 markers. (39120 is assigned to Natchez MS including the Church Hill delivery area.)

Historical Markers Near These
Mississippi Cities and Towns
317 • Vicksburg National Military Park
174 • Vicksburg
150 • Natchez
96 • Jackson
81 • Port Gibson
59 • Meridian
58 • Corinth
57 • Woodville
54 • Baldwyn
54 • Biloxi
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Warren County, the first marker added to the database from there, Vicksburg Siege, was added March 5, 2008. in Vicksburg. The last one submitted was uploaded on December 31, 2022, and is titled C.S. Company I,, in Vicksburg. The earliest marker erected in Warren County that we have listed was erected in 1887. It was Louisiana Civil War Monument, found in Vicksburg on November 10, 2017.

Latest entry from Mississippi. Click to go there
By James Hulse, January 14, 2023
Latest Entry from Mississippi
“Willie Morris”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Natchez. The first: Natchez, was added January 3, 2008. It had been erected in 1949. The last: Ex-"Slaves" as U.S. Civil War Soldiers in the Mississippi Valley Campaign added on June 10, 2022. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1909: The Natchez Trace, added on January 6, 2008.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

Mississippi Department of Archives and History is currently in charge of the familiar green, silver and gold official historical markers found all over the state. You will also find official markers erected by the Mississippi Historical Commission, a predecessor. They erected their first marker in 1949, and we have 979 of their markers in the database.

In addition, the Mississippi Blues Commission has also erected numerous historical markers, and we have 377 of their Mississippi markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Mississippi. Click to go there
By Rick Collins, September 29, 2016
A Mississippi Department of Archives and History Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Mississippi have been marked with history. Check out Perry County, Jefferson Davis County and George County. We've only found, respectively, 2, 2, and 1 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Mississippi might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 3, 2023