Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Women of Influence
— Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
Fannie Vick Willis Johnson
Fannie Johnson spent her life helping others and avoiding publicity. She funded two YMCAs during the days of racial segregation. The "Blacks Only" YMCA was located here with the "Whites Only" YMCA three blocks away. Along with many other acts of kindness, Fannie was also responsible for building a Salvation Army facility, an Episcopal church for blacks, on All Saints College Dormitory, and an orphanage. There is only one known picture of Fannie Johnson, in a large group, because she shunned publicity.
Dr. Jane Ellen McAllister
Jane McAllister was born in Vicksburg, graduated from high school at 15, from Talladega College at 19 (youngest graduate in school history), and then became
Dr. Jane retired in 1970 at 71 years old and moved back to her family home in Vicksburg. At 90 years old, Dr. McAllister could still be seen push mowing her lawn twice a week.
Madam C.J. Walker
Sarah Breedlove was born just across the river and lived in Vicksburg as a child and young adult. Later, after developing a line of hair and beauty products, she changed her name to Madam C.J. Walker and built a beauty supply empire. Walker is eulogized as the first "Self-made American Woman Millionaire". Madam Walker was also a philanthropist, promoter of African-American artists, and involved in politics.
Eva Whitaker Davis
The Lady of Court Square
Through her determination and persistence Eva Davis single handily saved the Warren County Court
Top Left: A simple flat stone with a monumental statement marks Fannie's grave at Vicksburg's Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Top right: Jane Ellen McAllister yearbook picture, Talladega College 1919
Bottom left: The U.S. Post Office issued a postage stamp in 1998 honoring Madam Walker.
Bottom right: Eva Davis-Preserving history
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 3.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine Women. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail series lists.
Location. 32° 21.19′ N, 90° 52.743′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Monroe Street north of Jackson Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 973 Monroe Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vicksburg's First Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Planters' Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Remarkable Orator (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mississippi Dental Association (about 400 feet away); Main and Cherry (about 400 feet away); Men of Kindness (about 400 feet away); If Walls Could Talk (about 400 feet away); Growing and Changing (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Regarding Women of Influence. The "Whites Only" Junius Ward Johnson YMCA building, dedicated in 1923, is located at the northwest corner of Monroe and Clay Streets and is no longer in use.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Madam C.J. Walker. (Submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on Jane Ellen McAllister. (Submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.