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Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Mercantile Explosion

 

— Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

 
Mercantile Explosion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
1. Mercantile Explosion Marker
Inscription.  
After the Civil War with slavery abolished, the giant plantations were struggling to find labor.

To help with the lack of labor, sharecropping became a common practice. Many of the former slaves became sharecroppers on the plantations where they had been enslaved. Sharecroppers leased a part of the plantations land to farm and paid for it with a "share" of their crop.

In turn, the merchant business in Vicksburg flourished. Sharecroppers were extended credit for goods and would pay their debt when they sold their crops. State laws were even passed that gave the merchants precedence over the plantation land owners for the sharecroppers' earnings when paying their debts.
 
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 27.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail series list.
 
Location. 32° 20.953′ N, 90° 52.929′ 
Mercantile Explosion marker next to 1953 Tornado Memorial. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
2. Mercantile Explosion marker next to 1953 Tornado Memorial.
W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Crawford Street and Washington Street (Business U.S. 51), on the left when traveling west on Crawford Street. Marker is mounted to a wrought iron fence. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Crawford Street, Vicksburg MS 39180, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Missing Angels (a few steps from this marker); Sky Parlor Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Red Tops (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Banks and Bottles (about 400 feet away); The Blue Room (about 500 feet away); Willie Dixon (about 500 feet away); Combat Wounded Veterans (about 700 feet away); Louisiana Civil War Monument (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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