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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Tunica in Tunica County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Johnson Cemetery Mound

Mississippi Mound Trail

 
 
Johnson Cemetery Mound Marker (front) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
1. Johnson Cemetery Mound Marker (front)
Inscription.  The Johnson Cemetery site currently consists of a single mound and associated village, but may originally have had a second mound. The existing mound is 12 feet high in height and was most likely pyramidal in shape, though its dimensions have suffered from erosion. Archaeologists have determined that the mound was built in stages by Native Americans during the Mississippi Period, ca. AD 1200-1600. Johnson Cemetery, a 20th-century African American cemetery, is located on the mound's summit.
 
Erected 2016 by MDAH, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Office of State Aid Road Construction, Federal Highway Administration & private landowners.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAnthropology & ArchaeologyCemeteries & Burial SitesNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi Mound Trail series list.
 
Location. 34° 44.461′ N, 90° 22.002′ W. Marker is near Tunica, Mississippi, in Tunica County. Marker
Rear of marker showing the layout of the mound. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
2. Rear of marker showing the layout of the mound.
Lower Plaque
This archaeological site is
on private property. Please
view the site from the
pull-off area.

NO
TRESPASSING
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is on Old U.S. 61 half a mile south of Hollywood Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tunica MS 38676, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hollywood Mounds (approx. 2.2 miles away); Harold "Hardface" Clanton (approx. 3.8 miles away); Town of Tunica Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.9 miles away); Abbay & Leatherman (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Hollywood Cafe (approx. 6 miles away); Evansville Mounds (approx. 7.1 miles away); Beaverdam Mounds (approx. 8 miles away); Highway 61 Blues (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tunica.
 
Johnson Cemetery Mound can be seen across the road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
3. Johnson Cemetery Mound can be seen across the road.
The Johnson Cemetery graves can be seen on top of the mound. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 10, 2018
4. The Johnson Cemetery graves can be seen on top of the mound.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 11, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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