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

Washington County Mississippi Historical Markers

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By Mark Hilton, August 27, 2017
View of Little Italy club and the marker.
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — "Little Italy" — (La Piccolo Italia)
By 1920 this southern section of the city of Greenville was known as "Little Italy" by the Italian-speaking immigrants who settled in the Miss. Delta. These immigrants endured social as well as physical hardships in achieving the "American Dream." . . . — Map (db m107622) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — B. B. King — King of the Blues
. . . — Map (db m108685) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Charles K. Rickard — "Guitar Charlie" — Greenville, Mississippi
I got the blues from my head, down to my shoes Toured with Little Milton. Warmed up for B.B. King. Played with Booba Barnes, Willie Foster, John Horton, Little Dave Thompson, Lee "Shot" Williams, Booga-Loo and many others around the . . . — Map (db m90397) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Charley Patton — King of the Delta Blues
1891 - 1934 b. Heron's Place Hinds Co. d. Heathman-Dedham Plnt. Sunflower Co. Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues. — Map (db m108687) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Coleman High School
Named for Lizzie W. Coleman, who was principal of the No. 2 Elementary School, Coleman High School was among the first high schools for African- Americans in the Mississippi Delta. The school served as Greenville's main high school for African . . . — Map (db m108567) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — David "Honey Boy" Edwards — b. June 28, 1915 - Shaw Mississippi
"Who May Your Regulars Be" "Drop Down Mama" "Old Friends" "The World Don't Owe Me Nothing" "Mississippi Delta Bluesman" Played with Robert Johnson Tommy Johnson Little Walter Jacobs Big Joe Williams Kansas City Red . . . — Map (db m90401) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Donald Hayes Brown — "Downtown Donnie Brown" b. October 9, 1951 — Greenville, Mississippi
Donnie, his brother Jerry Brown and Thomas "Boogie" Hobart were the "Candy Shoestring", the premier Rock and Roll / Blues Rock Band of the region in the 60's & 70's. They opened for Ted Nugent, Lynard Skynard, Rare Earth and . . . — Map (db m108696) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — First Legal Liquor Store
On August 6, 1966, the first legal liquor store in Mississippi following prohibition opened here. The "Jigger & Jug", owned by the Azar brothers, was a prototypical self-serve package liquor store. Mississippi, which had banned the manufacturing and . . . — Map (db m107657) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — First National Bank Building
Built in 1903 by the first federally chartered bank in Washington County, this Neo-Classical Revival building was an imposing symbol of financial security for 75 years. Founding President James E. Negus selected its marble and stained glass in . . . — Map (db m89806) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Gamwyn Park
A planned, park-like neighborhood established in 1926, Gamwyn Park was based on a design concept by Mary L. Gamble and Margaret B. Wynn, prominent citizens of Greenville. Gamwyn Park includes well-maintained streetscapes and landscaped vistas. . . . — Map (db m107626) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — George "All Nite" Allen — Greenville, Mississippi — August 13, 1949 - September 6, 2010
Born into a musical family. Played with B.J. Thomas in "Electric Cyrkus", then Sassy Jones. Worked with producer and musician Jim Dickinson. Worked with many great musicians in all types of genres. A true renaissance man. I'm a black man . . . — Map (db m90394) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Greenville Cypress Preserve
This 16-acre cypress brake is an early example of a local civic group's effort to preserve Mississippi's natural resources. This unique urban forest was purchased in 1940 by the Greenville Garden Club, the oldest garden club in the state, to . . . — Map (db m122898) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Greenville Trolley System
These tracks are the last visible trace of a trolley line that at its peak had eight miles of track and fourteen cars. Operating from 1900 to 1929, the cars were first mule drawn and later powered by a coal-fueled generator at Poplar and Johnson . . . — Map (db m89802) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Greenville's Writers
An extraordinary literary atmosphere in Greenville produced winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and O'Henry Award. Writers influenced by the creative ambience here include William A. Percy, Shelby Foote, Walker Percy, Hodding Carter, . . . — Map (db m89808) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Holt Collier
Born a slave in 1846, Collier served as a Confederate sharpshooter and cavalryman. Famed as a bear hunter, he guided Pres. Theodore Roosevelt on a hunt near Onward, MS. in 1902. When Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear Collier had roped, cartoonists . . . — Map (db m107624) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — James Michael Dill — Greenville, Mississippi
Began playing at 14. Played with Billy Marquis, Eden Brent, Willie Foster, Lil Dave Thompson, Mississippi Slim, John Horton, Lil Bill Wallace, The Xracker-Jacks and everyone else. — Map (db m90395) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Mississippi — The Magnolia State
Explored, 1540-1, by De Soto. Colonized first by French, 1699. Became a colony of British, 1763; Spanish, 1779. Territory organized by U.S., 1798. Became 20th state, 1817. — Map (db m89798) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Mississippi River Levee
The Mainline Mississippi River Levee was originally built in the 1800s. Following the flood of 1927, Congress passed the Flood Control Act of 1928, creating the Mississippi River & Tributaries (MR&T) Project. The notches at Main and Central Streets . . . — Map (db m107729) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Mississippi Sheiks — Mississippi's Most Influential String Band — Bo Carter, Sam Chatmon, Walton Vinson, Lonnie Chatmon
Recorded - 1926 - 1935 Sitting on Top of the World Stop and Listen Blues Livin' in a Strain — Map (db m108701) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — 2 — Nelson Street
Front Nelson Street was once the epicenter of African American business and entertainment in the Delta. Nightclubs, cafes, churches, groceries, fish markets, barbershops, laundries, record shops, and other enterprises did a bustling . . . — Map (db m107636) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — NRP Building — est. 1900
Formerly the R.H. Lake Agency office, this block was once the center of Washington County commerce and finance. Eight buildings once existed across the street. H.B. Nelken began in real estate and retail at the turn of the 20th Century. . . . — Map (db m89809) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Pvt. Robert T. (Bobby) Henry
Enlisted for service in World War II. Served in Co. B. 16th Inf. Reg., 1st Army Div., U.S. Army. Posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on Dec. 3, 1944, when he was mortally wounded in his single-handed attack on five . . . — Map (db m62759) WM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Remnant of Original Greenville - Lake Village Bridge
This relic is all that remains of Mississippi's River Bridge that was dedicated to B.G. Humphreys, completed June 16, 1940, and opened to traffic September 17, 1940. A two lane thru-truss design bridge, at the time of its completion its main span . . . — Map (db m90214) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — River Stages At Greenville
The Greenville Gage on the Mississippi River is located near the U.S. Highway 82 Mississippi River Bridge. In 1927, when the levee broke near Mound Landing, the Greenville Gage would have reached 65.4 feet. During the 2011 Flood, the Mississippi . . . — Map (db m107734) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — St. Matthew's A. M. E. Church
St. Matthew's A.M.E. Church, organized in 1867 and originally located on Levee Street, was the first A.M.E. church established in the Delta and the fourth begun in Mississippi. Moved to its present site in 1890, this church was visited by Herbert . . . — Map (db m107705) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Stein Mart
Russian immigrant Sam Stein arrived in Greenville by riverboat in 1905. Here he founded a retail enterprise that would remain in his family for generations. On this site in 1964, his son Jake Stein opened the first Stein Mart store. By the 1980s, . . . — Map (db m107659) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — The Courthouse Arboretum
In 1895, Dr. Orville Blanton, son of Harriet Blanton Theobald, "the Mother of Greenville," designed and planted an arboretum on the grounds of the Washington County courthouse featuring native specimens. The Greenville Garden Club, recognized as the . . . — Map (db m107628) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Walter Horn, Jr. — "Mississippi Slim" — "8th Wonder of the World"
August 12, 1943 Shelby, MS April 14, 2010 Greenville, MS Opened for - BB King, Bobby Rush, Little Milton, Tyrone Davis and others 1974 Album - " Crying in the Arms of Another Love" 1999 CD - "Miracles" 2009 CD - "You Can't Lose . . . — Map (db m108694) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Washington County Courthouse
This courthouse was built ca. 1891 in the Richardson Romanesque architectural style. The courthouse was remodeled in 1930, and additions were made in 1950 and 1976. The courthouse has retained many of the original elements of its architectural . . . — Map (db m107635) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Where Main Street Meets the River
This building (ca.1881), formerly the headquarters of the Delta Democrat Times, was immortalized in 1952 by Hodding Carter in Where Main Street Meets the River, the memoir of this Pulitzer Prize-winning editor, who stood for racial . . . — Map (db m89803) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Hollandale — 5 — Ben Peters
Front A native of Hollandale who picked cotton as a child, a University of Southern Mississippi graduate and Navy pilot, Ben Peters (1933-2005) went on to become a Nashville songwriting legend, penning fourteen number-one hits, including . . . — Map (db m121117) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Hollandale — 86 — Sam Chatmon
Front Sam Chatmon (c. 1899-1983), a celebrated singer and guitarist who spent most of his life in Hollandale, sometimes performed with his brothers in a renowned family string band billed as the Mississippi Sheiks. He embarked on a new . . . — Map (db m121115) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Leland — Birthplace of Kermit the Frog — Leland, Mississippi
Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, grew up and played along Deer Creek during the years 1936-1948, exploring its flora and fauna from here to Stoneville. Sometimes he was joined by his friend, Kermit Scott. These experiences and fond memories . . . — Map (db m12942) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Leland — 7 — Corner of 10 and 61
Front A major source of income for blues artists in the first half of the 20th century was tips. This corner, formerly the intersection of highways 10 and 61, was a profitable spot, particularly on Saturdays when people from the . . . — Map (db m90131) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Leland — 76 — James “Son” Thomas
Front James Henry “Son” Thomas, internationally famed blues musician and folk sculptor, worked as a porter at the Montgomery Hotel, which once occupied this site, after he moved to Leland in 1961. Born in the Yazoo County . . . — Map (db m90136) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Leland — 109 — Johnny Winter
Front Guitar icon Johnny Winter’s emergence on the national music scene in 1969 created a sensation among rock and blues audiences. The first of his many hit albums for Columbia Records featured the song “Leland, Mississippi . . . — Map (db m90143) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Leland — 136 — Ruby's Nite Spot
Front Ruby’s Nite Spot, operated at this site by Ruby Edwards, was one of the most prominent blues clubs in the Delta during the 1940s and ‘50s. Edwards booked nationally known acts such as T-Bone Walker, Little Walter, and Little . . . — Map (db m90129) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Leland — 152 — Tyrone Davis
Front Tyrone Davis, one of America's most popular soul singers, was born on a plantation near Leland on May 4, 1938. Davis lived in Leland before moving to Chicago, where he began his career billed as "Tyrone the Wonder Boy." From 1969 . . . — Map (db m90130) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Wayside — Belmont Plantation
Belmont, one of the few antebellum houses remaining in the Ms. Delta, was built ca. 1857 for W.W. Worthington. Federal troops plundered 1863. Belmont Hunting Lodge founded 1946 by Gov. Dennis Murphree. — Map (db m121112) HM

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