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Bay Springs in Jasper County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook

 
 
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By Robert M. Cook, Jr., June 6, 2012
1. Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook Marker
Inscription.  On July 23, 1890, Marsh Cook of Jasper County was gunned down by six men after warning citizens that the 1890 Mississippi Constitutional Convention would likely limit voting rights and disfranchise black voters. Cook was a white Republican candidate for delegate to the Constitutional Convention. He had urged black voters to organize against disfranchisement. No one was ever arrested or tried for his murder.
 
Erected 2012 by Descendants of Marsh Cook with cooperation from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series list.
 
Location. 32° 0.786′ N, 89° 17.272′ W. Marker is in Bay Springs, Mississippi, in Jasper County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 15 and Commerce Drive, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 15
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By Robert M. Cook, Jr., June 6, 2012
2. Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook Marker
. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bay Springs MS 39422, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Three Chopped Way (within shouting distance of this marker); Center Ridge School (approx. 11.9 miles away); John Crowe Ransom (approx. 15 miles away); Watkins Museum (approx. 15.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker was erected on Memorial Day 2012 after a Cook Family Reunion in Laurel, Mississippi.
 
Regarding Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook. The assassination site is located in Historic Hamlet, Mississippi, now Bay Springs. It is due East, across the Railroad tracks where the Hamlet log school house was once located. The six murderers had removed a board from the house and were hiding inside.
 
Also see . . .
1. An1890 Constitutional Convention Role Reversal. (Submitted on June 11, 2012, by Robert M. Cook, Jr. of Biloxi, Mississippi.)
2. The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. (Submitted on June 11, 2012, by Robert M. Cook, Jr. of Biloxi, Mississippi.)
 
Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert M. Cook, Jr.
3. Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook Marker
Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert M. Cook, Jr.
4. Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook Marker
Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert M. Cook, Jr.
5. Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook Marker
Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert M. Cook, Jr.
6. Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook Marker
Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert M. Cook, Jr.
7. Assassination of F.M.B. "Marsh" Cook Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2012, by Robert M. Cook, Jr. of Biloxi, Mississippi. This page has been viewed 1,127 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 9, 2012, by Robert M. Cook, Jr. of Biloxi, Mississippi.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 29, 2013, by Robert M. Cook, Jr. of Biloxi, Mississippi. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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