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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Washington County, Mississippi
Adjacent to Washington County, Mississippi
▶ Bolivar County (43) ▶ Humphreys County (7) ▶ Issaquena County (2) ▶ Sharkey County (11) ▶ Sunflower County (16) ▶ Chicot County, Arkansas (14)
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|Built by the Stein family ca. 1920, this cotton storage house consists of sixteen pie-shaped rooms. The building was used by local planters to temporarily store their hand-picked cotton before it was moved to the adjacent Stein gin by means of a . . . — — Map (db m154744) HM|
|In 1916 the Washington County Board of Supervisors proposed the construction of 144.6 miles of paved roads throughout the county. In June 1916 voters approved a $950,000 bond, and in 1917 C.G. Kershaw of Birmingham, Alabama, was awarded the first . . . — — Map (db m154743) HM|
|The Law site originally consisted of three earthen mounds. Mound A, the largest of the mounds and the one to survive, is just under 20 feet tall and has a ramp facing south toward a plaza area. Mound B was originally 13 feet tall and was located . . . — — Map (db m154742) HM|
|Of Swan Lake's four original mounds, three were arranged in a line running parallel to the lake. Of these, only Mound B is visible today. Mound A is located a short distance to the northeast. Sixteen feet in height, Mound A is oblong in shape and . . . — — Map (db m154741) HM|
|Here stood St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church, erected 1854-56, consecrated April 5, 1857 by Bishop Wm. Mercer Green, Sr., exposed to wind and water when lead from its windows was made into bullets during the War Between the States and finally . . . — — Map (db m154739) HM|
|Born into slavery and held by the Turnbull family, he was a master craftsman who directed the construction of St. John's Episcopal Church. He supervised the preparation of timber from the forests as well as bricks made on site by fellow slaves. He . . . — — Map (db m154740) HM|
|First Episcopal Church in Delta. Site donated by Johnathan McCaleb, 1844. Constructed, 1852-1856. Window lead used in Civil War for bullets. Structure wrecked by tornado, 1904. — — Map (db m154738) HM|
|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|
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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|
1891 - 1934
b. Heron's Place
d. Heathman-Dedham Plnt.
Screamin' and Hollerin'
the Blues. — — Map (db m108687) HM|
|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|
"Who May Your Regulars Be"
"Drop Down Mama"
"The World Don't Owe Me Nothing"
"Mississippi Delta Bluesman"
Little Walter Jacobs
Big Joe Williams
Kansas City Red . . . — — Map (db m90401) HM|
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|
|Organized on Easter Sunday in 1871 by
Rev. A. D, Brooks and Col. Lewis Ball,
who came to Greenville as missionaries.
The congregation initially consisted of
eleven members, with Brooks, a native
of Missouri serving as the first pastor.
In . . . — — Map (db m157540) HM|
|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|
|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|
|Established in the early 1830s when Mrs. Harriet Blanton Theobald opened here home to Methodist circuit riders, this congregation was accepted into the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1844. The First United Methodist Church is the oldest . . . — — Map (db m154824) HM|
The first Mississippi Delta Blues Festival was held on October 21, 1978, here at Freedom Village, a rural community founded as a refuge for displaced agricultural workers. In 1987 the festival, organized by Greenville-based M.A.C.E. . . . — — Map (db m154769) HM|
|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|
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|
| Port City of the Delta. Named for Gen. Nathaneael Greene. Washington County seat since 1846. Destroyed in Civil War. Rebuilt on present site, 1865. Home of author Wm. A. Percy and publisher Hodding Carter. — — Map (db m157640) HM|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Named for an early settler of
Greenville who donated 47½
acres to help rebuild the
after the Civil War. In 1878,
nearly 300 yellow fever victims
were buried here in the original
city cemetery Remains were later
reinterred in other . . . — — Map (db m162121) HM|
| Organized 1880, succeeding a
congregation formed 1871. Once the
state's largest Jewish temple. Two
of Greenville's early mayors, the
first merchant, public officials,
leaders in literature, education,
business, law, and civic . . . — — Map (db m157537) HM|
| Manufactured by Lockheed Aircraft, Burbank CA and delivered to the USAF on: 3 Jul. 1952.Jul. 1952-----To 3560th Pilot Training Wing (Air Training Command),Webb AFB, TX (deployment to Nellis AFB, NV) Apr. 1958-----To 3510th Flying Training Wing . . . — — Map (db m158467) HM|
|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|
|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|
| In 1954, Greenville AFB was
designated a basic school for single
engine jet pilots. The mission
aircraft was the "T-Bird". The
airframe on display is typical of
those assigned to the 3505th Pilot
Training Wing from 1954 through 1960.
More . . . — — Map (db m157649) HM|
|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|
|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|
Recorded - 1926 - 1935
Sitting on Top of the World
Stop and Listen Blues
Livin' in a Strain — — Map (db m108701) HM|
| Established in 1868 by six former
slaves, Mt. Horeb Missionary Baptist
Church completed the first African-
American church building in Greenville
in 1868. An important part of
this city's religious life for over
a century, Mt. Horeb was . . . — — Map (db m157529) HM|
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|
| New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist
Church was formed from the Old
Jerusalem Church and was founded
here by Rev. Walter A. Robinson
in 1906, who was pastor until
1923. After withstanding the 1927
flood, a new church was built in
1951. In 1928, . . . — — Map (db m157702) HM|
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|
| The first Chinese cemetery in the
Delta was established here on
August 18, 1913, on land purchased
by Wong Yen and Joe King from
H.L. Wells, owner of Wells Funeral
Home. No longer in use, it is now
owned by the Chinese Cemetery
Association . . . — — Map (db m157532) HM|
| Side A Prince McCoy (1882-1968), a prominent early 20th century Greenville musician, played a pivotal yet long unacknowledged role in blues history. At a dance in Cleveland, Mississippi, an astonished W.C. Handy watched a crowd throw money at . . . — — Map (db m157534) HM|
|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|
|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|
|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|
| The Divine Word Missionaries began
school for black youth here in 1913.
In 1920, led by Fr. Matthew Christmann,
they founded St. Augustine
Seminary, first seminary in U. S. for
training African-American priests.
The seminary moved to Bay St. . . . — — Map (db m157527) HM|
| Shelby Dade Foote Jr. was born November 17, 1916, in Greenville.
A childhood friend of Mississippi novelist Walker Percy, he began
his early career as
an author publishing five works of fiction.
Foote, however, will forever be remembered as a . . . — — Map (db m157703) HM|
| This fine Gothic Revival Church, the
second building of this parish, was
erected in 1907. It was designed
and financed by Father P. J.
Korstenbroek, who served here
for 33 years and was memorialized
in William Alexander Percy's
Lanterns . . . — — Map (db m158004) HM|
|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|
|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|
Greenville native Steve Azar burst onto the national country scene in 2001 with his album Waitin’ on Joe, which featured the #2 hit "I Don’t Have to Be Me (‘Til Monday)"; it and the title track also topped the music video . . . — — Map (db m154825) HM|
|With no written records, symbols help us understand the Mississippian world. From Ad 1000 to 1550, a mound-building culture thrived here. These people left no written stories, so we rely on artifacts to understand their rich civilization. Many . . . — — Map (db m154829) HM|
|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|
| Organized by ten dedicated women in 1892 and chartered nationally as The King's Daughters and Sons Circle No. 2 in 1894, it has served the Delta from this site since 1905. The present Mediterranean style structure dates from 1927, with major . . . — — Map (db m158003) HM|
| Whose persistent vision made possible this bridge. Whose faith helped revive river traffic as a vital factor in our economy.
Erected by his fellow citizens
October 29, 1954. — — Map (db m157575) HM|
| Walker Percy was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1916, orphaned in
late childhood, and adopted at age thirteen by kinsman William Alexander
Percy, a poet and patron of the arts from Greenville, Mississippi.
After acquiring an MD degree from . . . — — Map (db m157650) HM|
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|
|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|
|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|
|Winterville Mounds was an important political and religious center during the Mississippi (ca. AD 1200-1450). First occupied during the Coles Creek Period, beginning around AD 1000, the site originally had as many as 23 mounds, the largest of which . . . — — Map (db m154826) HM|
|Ceremonial Indian mounds built around 1000 A.D. they comprise one of the largest mound groups in the Mississippi Valley. Great central mound is 55 ft. in height. — — Map (db m154828) HM|
|Purchased in 1840s by Hampton family. In 1850s, 60s, & 70s operated by and at intervals was residence of Wade Hampton III, distinguished CSA General and first governor of S.C. after reconstruction. — — Map (db m154736) HM|
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|
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|
|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|
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|
|The soils along this lengthy tributary of the Yazoo River are among the most fertile in the world. An agriculturally based, prehistoric Indian culture thrived along the creek as early as 1200 A. D. — — Map (db m157130) HM|
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|
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|
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 Richard, newcomers . . . — — Map (db m90129) HM|
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|
|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|