Mound Bayou in Bolivar County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Site of Mound Bayou Oil Mill & Manufacturing Company
Building dedication led by Booker T. Washington
More than 15,000 attended dedicatory event
Constructing Architect: Thomas W. Cook
Construction Foreman: W. H. Cook
Erected 2013 by Historic Mound Bayou Foundation & AARP.
Location. 33° 52.832′ N, 90° 43.671′ W. Marker is in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, in Bolivar County. Marker is at the intersection of Edwards Avenue and Roosevelt Street, on the right when traveling south on Edwards Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 Edwards Avenue, Mound Bayou MS 38762, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Friendship Clinic (a few steps from this marker); T. R. M. Howard (a few steps from this marker); Mound Bayou (within shouting distance of this marker); Taborian Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Mound Bayou Blues (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Newton (Keys) Hotel Site (about 800 feet away); AKA Mobile Health Project (approx. 0.6 miles away); Delta Health Center (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mound Bayou.
Regarding Site of Mound Bayou Oil Mill & Manufacturing Company.
Dedicated November 25, 1912, it was described as, "the largest thing of the kind ever under taken by Negro people." Julius Rosenwald, CEO of Sears, Roebuck, and Company, was a primary investor. The venture was
an offspring of the Mississippi State Negro Business League, an auxiliary branch of the National Negro Business League. Later the site of Dr. T. R. M. Howard's Medical Clinic, the Green Parrot Inn Restaurant, the first concrete swimming pool for Blacks in the Delta, the Sarah Brown Hospital of the United Order of Friendship of America, and the Dental Clinic of Mound Bayou Community Hospital and Delta Health Center. Today, the former Sarah Brown Hospital building is home of the Kemetic Institute which uses Mound Bayou heritage to enrich after- school learning programs. The remains of the former public swimming pool are still visible next door.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 11, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.