Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Vicksburg's First Bank
— Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
Planters Bank of Mississippi
Built in 1834 Planters Hall housed Vicksburg's first bank. During early banking in Mississippi, state law required the bank president and his family to live on the second story of the bank. When the bank failed in 1842, the building became a private residence.
William McRae, one of Warren County's sheriffs, purchased the house in 1854. During the shelling of the city in 1862, Lucy McRae, described in her diary the day "Papa almost died." Papa was standing in the front bedroom watching the battle between Federal gunboats and Confederate batteries when a shell fragment broke the window, passed through his beard, and imbedded into the wall next to him!
After the Surrender of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863, many of the local homes were occupied by Union troops during Reconstruction. Planters Hall was used by Union General Elias Smith Dennis for his headquarters.
Another First in Vicksburg
Foot-specific shoes were invented in 1818, but "straight" shoes continued to be the most commonly
Lest We Forget
Vicksburg's Memorial Auditorium, built in 1951 in honor of those who fought in World War II and the Korean War, sits just across the street. Beginning in 1957 the Miss Mississippi Pageant was held in this Art Deco building for 40 years. In 1997, the pageant moved to the new and larger Vicksburg Convention Center.
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 4.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • War, Korean • War, US Civil • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco, and the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1863.
Location. 32° 21.224′ N, 90° 52.738′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Monroe Street, on the left when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 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. Planters' Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Women of Influence (within shouting distance Bethel A.M.E. Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Main and Cherry (about 400 feet away); Prince Hall Masonry Founded in Mississippi (about 400 feet away); Governor "Turkey Runner" (about 400 feet away); Strong in Faith (about 400 feet away); Remarkable Orator (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 5. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.