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Philadelphia in Neshoba County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Old Neshoba County Jail

 
 
Old Neshoba County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2019
1. Old Neshoba County Jail Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1955, the county jail remained in use until 1978. Civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were held here after being arrested in 1964. On June 21, 1966, a voter registration march, led by Ralph Abernathy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stopped here before moving to the Neshoba County Courthouse. This is the third structure built on this site to serve as county jail. The first being a timber structure built in 1836, which burned in 1906.
 
Erected 2012 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
Location. 32° 46.347′ N, 89° 6.625′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in Neshoba County. Marker is on East Myrtle Street east of Byrd Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 412 East Myrtle Street, Philadelphia MS 39350, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marty Gamblin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neshoba County Confederate Monument
Old Neshoba County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2019
2. Old Neshoba County Jail Marker
The building was a previously meeting place for the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. The building is currently for sale.
(about 400 feet away); Marty Stuart (about 600 feet away); Adam Monroe Byrd (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grierson's Raid 1863 (approx. mile away); Philadelphia Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Booker T. Washington School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Neshoba County Fairgrounds (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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