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By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
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Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — 10 — "Black Power" Speech — Mississippi Freedom Trail
Front On June 16, 1966, SNCC chairman Stokely Carmichael, released from jail after defying City of Greenwood orders by putting up tents to house participants of the James Meredith “March Against Fear,” made his famous . . . — Map (db m77423) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — 80 — Baptist Town
Front Baptist Town, established in the 1800s in tandem with the growth of the local cotton industry, is one of Greenwood’s oldest African American neighborhoods. Known for its strong sense of community, it is anchored by the McKinney . . . — Map (db m77198) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — Battery 'C'1917-1919
Battery C, First Mississippi Field Artillery, mustered into Federal Service August 5, 1917 as Battery C, 140th F.A., 64th F.A. Brigade, 39th Division. The Battery, composed of men from Leflore and surrounding counties, camped . . . — Map (db m77157) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — 153 — Blues Deejays
Front Radio disc jockeys played a major role in the spread of the blues, boosting the careers of local artists, introducing listeners to performers from across the country, and more generally serving as a voice for the community. Early . . . — Map (db m77191) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — 24 — Bobbie Gentry
Front Born Roberta Lee Streeter in Chickasaw County (1944) and spending her childhood here, Bobbie Gentry brought the accents, sounds and images of Delta life into scores of haunting songs she wrote and records she made, to become one . . . — Map (db m77177) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — Charles Edward Wright
To Commemorate the Enterprise and Initiative of Charles Edward Wright Who in May 1895, 901 feet east of this spot sank the first overflowing well in the Mississippi Delta and gave to its people the blessing of artesian water, . . . — Map (db m77439) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — Confederate Memorial Plot
To the men of LeFlore County and the Southland who answered the call to defend their homes, states, and Southland from invading armies from the North. The actual burial sites of some are known but to God. But all known veterans buried within this . . . — Map (db m77335) WM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — 34 — Elks Hart Lodge No. 640
Front During the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, the Elks Hart Lodge No. 640 at this site was one of the most important venues for rhythm and blues in the Delta. Particularly during the segregation era, fraternal organizations such as the . . . — Map (db m77193) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — First United Methodist Church
Built 1898-99, in spite of a yellow fever quarantine which hampered construction. J.H. Mitchell was its first pastor. 1500 people attended the 1899 North Miss. Conference to hear Bishop Warren Candler speak. — Map (db m77186) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — Fort Pemberton Park
In the 1863 Campaign against Vicksburg, General Grant tried several approaches, one being to send troops on transports down the Tallahatchie and Yazoo Rivers. He cut the Mississippi River levee in February which flooded the several bayous between . . . — Map (db m77329) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — 150 — Furry Lewis
Front Greenwood native Walter “Furry” Lewis (c. 1899-1981) was a favorite figure on the Memphis blues revival scene of the 1960s and '70s, decades after he made his historic first recordings in the 1920s. Lewis, who had . . . — Map (db m77196) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — Greenwood
Founded by John Williams as Williams Landing, 1834. Chartered as Greenwood, 1844. Since 1917 has been the world's largest long staple cotton market. — Map (db m77184) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — Greenwood Cotton Row District
District comprises state's most important concentration of buildings associated with marketing of cotton and with the state's post-Civil War cotton boom. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. — Map (db m77179) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — Greenwood Underpass
The Greenwood Underpass was constructed in 1938 by the Mississippi State Highway Department with funding from the Federal Aid Highway Program. In accordance with WPA goals the Greenwood Underpass was designed to improve the Y. & M.V. railroad . . . — Map (db m77189) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — Greenwood's First Artesian Well
Needing a fresh water supply for his ice company, Charles Edward Wright partnered with the mayor and Board of Aldermen to drill a well near this site. Wright and his business partner, Staige Marye, provided the boring rig, and the city provided . . . — Map (db m77190) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — 114 — Guitar Slim
Front Eddie Lee “Guitar Slim” Jones brought new levels of energy and intensity to electric guitar playing with his raw, incendiary approach in the 1950s. An impassioned singer and a flamboyant showman, Jones was best known . . . — Map (db m77211) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — 39 — Hubert Sumlin
Front Hubert Sumlin’s sizzling guitar playing energized many of the classic Chicago blues records of Howlin’ Wolf in the 1950s and ‘60s. His reputation in blues and rock circles propelled him to a celebrated career on his own after . . . — Map (db m77209) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — LeFlore County Confederate Memorial
Front CSA 1861-1865 Leflore County's tribute to her sons and daughters of the Southern Confederacy. Erected under the auspices of the Varina Jefferson Davis Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy. Oct. 9, . . . — Map (db m77355) WM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — Old Greenwood Cemetery
Burial spot of veterans of four wars. Among 40 Confederates was Lt. Azro A. Stoddard, who carried out orders to scuttle “Star of the West,“ thus preventing federal use of Yazoo River route to Vicksburg. — Map (db m77188) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — Point LeFlore
N.E. 2 mi., at junction of Tallahatchie and Yalobusha Rivers is site of extinct town founded in 1830's by Greenwood Leflore. Achieved great prosperity in era before Civil War. — Map (db m77181) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — 11 — Robert Johnson
Front A seminal figure in the history of the Delta blues, Robert Johnson (1911-1938) synthesized the music of Delta blues pioneers such as Son House with outside traditions. He in turn influenced artists such as Muddy Waters and Elmore . . . — Map (db m77203) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — 3 — WGRM Radio Studio
Front Before the 1950s, relatively few African American voices were heard on the radio in the South. A major exception was live broadcasts of performances by gospel groups. During the 1940s this building housed station WGRM, which . . . — Map (db m77200) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Itta Bena — In Memory of the Brave Marines and Navy Corpsman
Who lost their lives in the crash of a KC-130T, "Yanky 72" Side A On July 10, 2017, at 2141 Zulu (3:41 PM local), a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130T flying at 20,000 ft. suffered a catastrophic inflight breakup. The aircraft disappeared . . . — Map (db m122921) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Itta Bena — Itta Bena("Home in the Woods")
Plantation home site (from which town was named) of Brig. Gen. Benj. G. Humphreys, C.S.A. Elected governor of Mississippi, Oct., 1865. Forcibly removed by Carpetbag regime, June, 1868. — Map (db m77165) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Money — 1 — Bryant's Grocery — Mississippi Freedom Trail
Front Fourteen-year-old Emmett Till came to this site to buy candy in August 1955. White shopkeeper Carolyn Bryant accused the black youth of flirting with her, and shortly thereafter, Till was abducted by Bryant's husband and his half . . . — Map (db m77418) HM

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