“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Copiah County Mississippi Historical Markers

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By Jeff Lovorn, September 15, 2011
Bus-Train Collision of 1942 Marker
Mississippi (Copiah County), Crystal Springs — Bus-Train Collision of 1942
On August 5, 1942, a southbound train collided with a westbound bus, killing fifteen bus passengers and injuring many more. The Greyhound bus, traveling from New Orleans to Jackson, stopped at the east side of the Marion Avenue railroad crossing to . . . — Map (db m50894) HM
Mississippi (Copiah County), Crystal Springs — 22 — Tommy JohnsonMississippi Blues Trail Marker
Tommy Johnson (1896-1956) was one of the most influential blues artists in Mississippi in the 1920s and 1930s. He grew up in the Crystal Springs area, where he often performed with his brothers LeDell and Mager. His original songs, which were widely . . . — Map (db m50895) HM
Mississippi (Copiah County), Hazelhurst — Hazelhurst
Named for chief engineer of first Jackson - New Orleans railway. Last spike driven here on March 31, 1858. Town was raided by Grierson in 1863. Shipping point for cattle, truck crops, and lumber. — Map (db m50893) HM
Mississippi (Copiah County), Hazelhurst — Mrs. Annie Coleman Peyton(1852 - 1894)
Mississippi State College for Women, first state-supported college for women in the U.S. was founded in 1884 through the efforts of Mrs Peyton, a citizen of Hazelhurst. — Map (db m50892) HM
Mississippi (Copiah County), Hazelhurst — Robert Johnson Birthplace
Robert Johnson born Hazelhurst, Mississippi May 8, 1911 Copiah County Robert Johnson recording career left an enormous legacy to American music. The body of his work is considered to be the most powerful of its kind. His music struck a . . . — Map (db m50874) HM
Mississippi (Copiah County), Hazlehurst — 29 — Robert Johnson
Front The legendary bluesman Robert Johnson was born on the northern outskirts of Hazlehurst to Julia Major and Noah Johnson, on May 8, 1911 (or possibly 1912). Johnson lived in Tunica County and in Memphis as a child, but in the early . . . — Map (db m81864) HM
Mississippi (Copiah County), Wesson — Copiah-Lincoln Agricultural High School
On December 9, 1914, the Trustees of Copiah-Lincoln Agricultural High School had its first meeting and opened its doors to students on September 6, 1915. This building was one of the first buildings constructed on a sixty-five acre tract of . . . — Map (db m122518) HM
Mississippi (Copiah County), Wesson — 162 — Houston Stackhouse

Front Although Houston Stackhouse never became a major name in blues, he played key roles in Delta blues history as a sideman, mentor, and influence. A constant presence in Mississippi and Arkansas blues circles for several decades, he . . . — Map (db m122613) HM

Mississippi (Copiah County), Wesson — Mississippi MillsWesson, Miss.
Site of cotton & woolen mills set up, 1866, by J. M. Wesson. Burnt, 1873; rebuilt, expanded & operated by Col. Ed. Richardson & Capt. Wm. Oliver with 2,000 employees. Closed 1910 & dismantled 1919. — Map (db m122614) HM
Mississippi (Copiah County), Wesson — Old Wesson Public School
According to its cornerstone, this structure was "ereted 1889; destroyed by fire 1890; rebuilt 1893." Built in the Romanesque style of Wesson's Miss. Mills, it is now the Oswalt Youth & Com. Center. — Map (db m122520) HM
Mississippi (Copiah County), Wesson — Wesson Hotel
Site of a hotel since 1864, this structure was built ca. 1877. Known originally as the Richardson House, the hotel was owned by Mississippi Mills, a once-flourishing textile mill founded by J.M. Wesson in 1864. — Map (db m122512) HM

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