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Historical Markers in DeSoto County, Mississippi

 
Clickable Map of DeSoto County, Mississippi and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg DeSoto County, MS (21) Marshall County, MS (28) Tate County, MS (7) Tunica County, MS (10) Crittenden County, AR (13) Shelby County, TN (460)  DeSotoCounty(21) DeSoto County (21)  MarshallCounty(28) Marshall County (28)  TateCounty(7) Tate County (7)  TunicaCounty(10) Tunica County (10)  CrittendenCountyArkansas(13) Crittenden County (13)  ShelbyCountyTennessee(460) Shelby County (460)
Hernando is the county seat for DeSoto County
Adjacent to DeSoto County, Mississippi
      Marshall County (28)  
      Tate County (7)  
      Tunica County (10)  
      Crittenden County, Arkansas (13)  
      Shelby County, Tennessee (460)  
 
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1Mississippi (DeSoto County), Hernando — 74 — "Beale Town Bound"
The Hernando area was the birthplace of an important group of musicians who helped establish Memphis as a major blues center in the 1920s. These include Jim Jackson, Robert Wilkins, and Dan Sane, who was the partner of Beale Street blues pioneer . . . Map (db m170490) HM
2Mississippi (DeSoto County), Hernando — Baptist Industrial College
Founded in 1900 by the North Mississippi Baptist Educational Convention, the Baptist Industrial College was the first school in De Soto County to offer instruction through grade twelve to African Americans, and one of the earliest private . . . Map (db m170272) HM
3Mississippi (DeSoto County), Hernando — Colonel Samuel Powel
A native of Tennessee, Sam Powel (1821-1902), a Mexican War veteran, was Colonel or the 29th Tennessee Infantry. After the Civil War, he moved to Hernando, where he served as a circuit judge. Mississippi representative and senator . . . Map (db m170276) HM
4Mississippi (DeSoto County), Hernando — Hernando
Formed after Chickasaw Cession of 1832 as town of Jefferson. Incorporated in 1837 and named for Spanish explorer DeSoto. County seat and site of oldest academy in Cession.Map (db m170275) HM
5Mississippi (DeSoto County), Hernando — Hernando Central School
Hernando Central School was the first black school built in DeSoto County during the equalization period, when the state tried to preserve segregation by more fairly distributing resources to black and white schools. Designed by architect Walk . . . Map (db m170273) HM
6Mississippi (DeSoto County), Hernando — Historic artwork in this courthouse portrays our regions past
The City of Hernando rallied to save the famed murals when they were about to be destroyed. Murals depict the history of our area. Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto was the first documented European to traverse the . . . Map (db m170542) HM
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7Mississippi (DeSoto County), Hernando — 24 — March Against Fear — Mississippi Freedom Trail —
Front James Meredith began his Memphis-to-Jackson "March Against Fear" on June 4, 1966, challenging a'the all-pervasive and overriding fear" that kept black Mississippians from registering to vote. On the second day, south of Hernando, . . . Map (db m141545) HM
8Mississippi (DeSoto County), Hernando — Springhill Cemetery
Initially designated as the “Graveyard Donation." the Springhill Cemetery was established in 1836 with the founding of DeSoto County. The cemetery is the burial site of early county and city officials. African Americans, members of mutual . . . Map (db m170270) HM
9Mississippi (DeSoto County), Hernando — 189 — The Dickinson Family
James Luther “Jim” Dickinson (1941-2009) played a central role in the Memphis area blues scene for many decades though his work as a producer, vocalist and pianist. In 1996 his sons Luther and Cody formed the North Mississippi Allstars . . . Map (db m170488) HM
10Mississippi (DeSoto County), Hernando — Trade helped the Indians develop ties with Hernando de Soto
The Europeans brought beads, metal bells, horses, pigs and a variety of fruits and vegetables to trade with the Southeastern Indians. Beads and bells were the first items traded here De Soto offered glass beads and metal . . . Map (db m170552) HM
11Mississippi (DeSoto County), Horn Lake — 44 — Big Walter Horton
Blues harmonica virtuoso Big Walter Horton was renowned for his innovative contributions to the music of Memphis and Chicago. Horton was born in Horn Lake on April 6, 1918, and began his career as a child working for tips on the streets of Memphis. . . . Map (db m170527) HM
12Mississippi (DeSoto County), Nesbit — 34 — Jerry Lee Lewis
A native of Ferriday, Louisiana, Jerry Lee Lewis started his musical career in nearby Natchez, and in 1973 established the Lewis Ranch here in Nesbit. Lewis' 1956 rock 'n' roll classics "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On and “Great Balls of . . . Map (db m170372) HM
13Mississippi (DeSoto County), Nesbit — 103 — Mississippi Joe Callicott
Although his early recording career resulted in only two songs issued in 1930, Nesbit native Joe Callicott (1899-1969) is often regarded as one of Mississippi’s finest early bluesmen. His guitar work was also featured with local bluesman Garfield . . . Map (db m170530) HM
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14Mississippi (DeSoto County), Southaven — Albert King
Albert King’s readily identifiable style made him one of the most important artists in the history of the blues, but his own identity was a longtime source of confusion. In interviews he said he was born in Indianola on April 25, 1923 (or 1924), and . . . Map (db m105007) HM
15Mississippi (Desoto County), Southaven — Birthplace of the Blues?
Dockery Farms, one of the most important plantations in the Delta, was founded in 1895 by William Alfred “Will” Dockery (1865-1936). Dockery purchased thousands of acres bordering the Sunflower River and worked for years to clear the . . . Map (db m104690) HM
16Mississippi (DeSoto County), Southaven — Charley Patton
Charley Patton has been called the Founder of the Delta Blues. He blazed a trail as the music’s preeminent entertainer and recording artist during the first third of the 20th century. Born between Bolton and Edwards, Mississippi, in April 1891, . . . Map (db m105041) HM
17Mississippi (DeSoto County), Southaven — Club Ebony
Club Ebony, which opened for business around 1948, was built over a period of years by John Jones, who purchased the property in November of 1945 with his wife Josephine. In a 1948 memoir, Jones wrote: "It is said to be the South's largest and . . . Map (db m104465) HM
18Mississippi (Desoto County), Southaven — Documenting the Blues
Living Blues, the first American magazine dedicated exclusively to the blues, was founded in 1970 by seven young enthusiasts in Chicago. Cofounders Amy van Singel and Jim O’Neal became owners and publishers of the magazine in 1971, operating it . . . Map (db m104661) HM
19Mississippi (DeSoto County), Southaven — Hubert Sumlin
Hubert Sumlin grew up in Mississippi and Arkansas hearing his churchgoing mother admonish him for playing “the devil’s music”—the blues. But he found out, after sneaking in some blues licks on his guitar in church, that the sounds . . . Map (db m105046) HM
20Mississippi (DeSoto County), Southaven — Po' Monkey's
According to Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry he opened a juke joint at his home in this location in 1963. Seaberry (b. 1941) worked as a farmer and operated the club, where he continued to live, at night. By the 1990s Po’ Monkey’s was . . . Map (db m105044) HM
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21Mississippi (Desoto County), Southaven — The Peavine Branch
The "Peavine" branch of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad met the Memphis to Vicksburg mainline at this site. From the late 1890s through the 1930s, the "Peavine" provided reliable transportation for bluesmen among the plantations of the . . . Map (db m104681) HM
 
 
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Dec. 1, 2022