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Historical Markers in Coahoma County, Mississippi

Clickable Map of Coahoma County, Mississippi and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Coahoma County, MS (37) Bolivar County, MS (52) Quitman County, MS (4) Sunflower County, MS (28) Tallahatchie County, MS (16) Tunica County, MS (10) Phillips County, AR (94)  CoahomaCounty(37) Coahoma County (37)  BolivarCounty(52) Bolivar County (52)  QuitmanCounty(4) Quitman County (4)  SunflowerCounty(28) Sunflower County (28)  TallahatchieCounty(16) Tallahatchie County (16)  TunicaCounty(10) Tunica County (10)  PhillipsCountyArkansas(94) Phillips County (94)
Clarksdale is the county seat for Coahoma County
Adjacent to Coahoma County, Mississippi
      Bolivar County (52)  
      Quitman County (4)  
      Sunflower County (28)  
      Tallahatchie County (16)  
      Tunica County (10)  
      Phillips County, Arkansas (94)  
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1 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Bobo — 130 — Little Junior Parker
Little Junior Parker, one of the most outstanding blues singers of the 1950s and ‘60s, was born on a plantation near Bobo on March 27, 1932. As a youngster Parker moved with his mother to West Memphis, and he recorded his first hit, “Feelin’ Good,” . . . Map (db m174029) HM
2 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 16 — Aaron Henry — Mississippi Freedom Trail —
Front Aaron Henry (1922-1997), Clarksdale pharmacist, was a major early grassroots activist in the civil rights movement. As local NAACP president, he led the early 1960s Clarksdale boycott campaign, during which he was arrested and . . . Map (db m170477) HM
3 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 180 — Big Jack Johnson
Front The Clarksdale area is famed for its many legendary blues artists who achieved their greatest success after moving away, such as Muddy Waters, Ike Turner, and John Lee Hooker. But there were world-renowned musicians who . . . Map (db m90061) HM
4 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — Carnegie Public Library
In 1909 steel magnate Andrew Carnegie was contacted by local women's club member Liliian Waddell about sponsoring a public library. In 1911 the Carnegie Foundation gave $10,000 to the city of Clarksdale to build and equip a public library, with the . . . Map (db m89927) HM
5 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — Clarksdale
County seat of Coahoma County, was founded in 1869 by John Clark, for whom the town was named. Situated in one of the most fertile regions of the world, it has grown into one of the leading cities of the Yazoo Mississippi Delta. It . . . Map (db m89749) HM
6 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — Clarksdale
Founded 1868 at crossing of Indian trails and on possible route of De Soto's expedition. Chartered 1882. Coahoma co-county seat, 1892; sole seat since 1936. Home of Gov. Earl Leroy Brewer.Map (db m89925) HM
7 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 170 — Delta Blues Museum
Front The Delta Blues Museum, the world's first museum devoted to blues, was founded on January 31, 1979, by Sid Graves, director of Clarksdale's Carnegie Public Library. Originally housed in a room of the Myrtle Hall Elementary . . . Map (db m90046) HM
8 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — Dr. Aaron Henry
Born near Clarksdale, Aaron Henry was an American civil rights leader, politician, and head of the Mississippi branch of the NAACP. He was one of the founders of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which tried to seat their . . . Map (db m170480) HM
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9 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — First Baptist M.B. Church
In the late 1880s a group of African Americans established the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church near the Sunflower River, under the leadership of their first pastor Minister A. O. Gaston. The church would be moved to this location in 1918, . . . Map (db m90063) HM
10 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — Harvey B. Heidelberg
Harvey Brown Heidelberg was born in Shubuta, Mississippi, on March 7, 1883. Educated in the Shubuta school system and at Southern University in Greensboro, Alabama, Millsaps College in Jackson, and the University of Michigan, he began his career in . . . Map (db m89928) HM
11 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — Haven United Methodist Church
Established in 1880 as Haven Memorial and renamed Haven UMC in 1968, the church was completed in 1923. Clarksdale's first low-income daycare was opened here in 1965 by Lilian Johnson. In 1958, Rev. Theodore Trammel and Dr. Aaron Henry hosted . . . Map (db m174126) HM
12 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 111 — Ike Turner
Front Rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm & blues pioneer Ike Turner began his career playing blues and boogie woogie piano in Clarksdale. Turner was born less than a mile south-west of this site, at 304 Washington Avenue in the Riverton . . . Map (db m90041) HM
13 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — J.W. Cutrer House
Built in 1916, this Italian style villa was designed by Memphis architect Bayard Cairnes and was the home of local attorney J.W. Cutrer and his wife Blanche Clark Cutrer, daughter of Clarksdale founder John Clark. Named Belvoir by the Cutrer . . . Map (db m89922) HM
14 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 4 — Riverside Hotel
Front Since 1944 the Riverside Hotel has provided lodging for traveling musicians. It was home to some, including Sonny Boy Williamson II, Ike Turner, and Robert Nighthawk. Before that, the building served African Americans of the . . . Map (db m90062) HM
15 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 81 — Sam Cooke
Front The golden voice of Sam Cooke thrilled and enchanted millions of listeners on the hit recordings “You Send Me,” “Shake,” “A Change is Gonna Come,” “Chain Gang,” and many more. . . . Map (db m90050) HM
16 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 157 — Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival
Front The Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, a preeminent showcase for homegrown Mississippi talent, began in 1988 as a promotion to draw area shoppers to downtown Clarksdale. The festival's dedication to presenting authentic . . . Map (db m90047) HM
17 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — Temple Beth Israel
Originally named Kehilath Jacob, Clarksdale’s first synagogue was built here in 1910. In celebration of the new temple, a Torah was shipped from New York City and carried to the temple by members of the congregation. In 1929, a larger temple was . . . Map (db m89923) HM
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18 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — Tennessee WilliamsMississippi Writers Trail
Williams famously remarked that "home is where you hang your childhood", and for the world renowned playwright, that place was the Mississippi Delta, specifically Clarksdale, where he set some of his greatest dramas, including Summer and . . . Map (db m154862) HM
19 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 137 — The New World
Front This neighborhood, known since the turn of the twentieth century as the New World, was a breeding ground for ragtime, blues, and jazz music in Clarksdale's early days as a prosperous and adventurous new cotton town, when . . . Map (db m90060) HM
20 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — W. C. Handy — 1873 - 1958 —
"Father of the Blues" composer and family lived at this site 1903-05. In Clarksdale Handy was influenced by Delta blues which he collected and later published as well as his own famous and influential music.Map (db m89929) HM
21 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 126 — Wade Walton
Front One of Clarksdale's most talented and renowned blues musicians, Wade Walton (1923-2000) chose to pursue a career as a barber rather than as a professional entertainer. Walton never lost his love for blues, however, and often . . . Map (db m90049) HM
22 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Clarksdale — 105 — WROX Radio
Front WROX, Clarksdale’s first radio station, went on the air on June 5, 1944, from studios at 321 Delta Avenue. From 1945 until 1955 the station was headquartered here at 257 Delta. Legendary disc jockey Early “Soul Man” . . . Map (db m90033) HM
23 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Coahoma — Salomon MoundsMississippi Mound Trail
When first recorded, Salomon Mounds had three (possibly four) large platform mounds and as many as eight smaller mounds arranged around a central plaza. The smaller mounds have been plowed away, while one of the large mounds was destroyed in 1958 to . . . Map (db m107621) HM
24 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Coahoma — Yazoo Pass Expedition
On February 3, 1863, Union forces blasted the Mississippi River levee to enable flotilla to use Moon Lake and the Yazoo Pass in a futile effort to reach Vicksburg by way of the Coldwater, Tallahatchie, and Yazoo rivers. Federal forces were stopped . . . Map (db m170401) HM
25 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Dundee — Hernando De Soto Commemorative Bridge
The Hernando de Soto expedition to explore and claim the Southeast for Spain crossed the Mississippi River on June 18, 1541, at a point in northwestern Mississippi between Sunflower Landing in Coahoma County to the south and Bass Landing in DeSoto . . . Map (db m107620) HM
26 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Friars Point — "The Minnie Ball House"
Originally facing the river, the Robinson/Marinelli house bears the mark of shelling from the Union Navy. Built ca. 1850 by Mr. and Mrs. James Dardis Robinson, it is the oldest structure in Friars Point. According to local historians, the house . . . Map (db m170392) HM
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27 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Friars Point — 20 — Conway Twitty
Side 1 Born in Friar’s Point as Harold Lloyd Jenkins, son of a ferryboat captain, Conway Twitty (1933-1993) first achieved stardom as a bluesy rockabilly singer. Beginning in the 1970s, he became one of country’s bestselling balladeers ever, with . . . Map (db m170382) HM
28 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Friars Point — Friars Point
Known originally as Farrar's Point, this town was incorporated in 1852. Its name was later changed to Friars Point to honor an early settler and legislator, Robert Friar. Coahoma county seat 1850-1930.Map (db m170390) HM
29 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Friars Point — Friars Point United Methodist Church
The Friars Point Methodist Church congregation was organized in 1836 under a nearby brush arbor. The original log church, on this site, was burned by Union troops during the Civil War. A second structure was destroyed by a tornado. The present . . . Map (db m170394) HM
30 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Friars Point — New Prospect M.B. Church
According to local tradition, New Prospect M. B. Church was established in the mid 1860s by a former slave named Katherine Armistead. New Prospect began as Independence Church, in which Methodists and Baptists shared the sanctuary, each . . . Map (db m160395) HM
31 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Friars Point — 27 — Robert Nighthawk
Front Robert Nighthawk (1909-1967) was one of the foremost blues guitarists of his era. Although he rarely stayed long in one town, he called Friars Point home at various times from the 1920s to the 1960s. In a 1940 recording, he sang of . . . Map (db m160406) HM
32 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Hopson — 41 — Cotton Pickin' Blues
Front One of the major factors behind the “great migration” of African Americans from the South to northern cities was the mechanization of agriculture, which diminished the need for manual laborers. In 1944 the Hopson . . . Map (db m90029) HM
33 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Hopson — Hopson PlantationEstablished 1852
On this site in 1944, the Hopson Planting Co. and International Harvester, revolutionized modern cotton farming by introducing the first commercially produced mechanical cotton picker.Map (db m89921) HM
34 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Lula — 31 — "Livin' at Lula"
Front The Lula area has been home to legendary Mississippi blues performers Charley Patton, Son House, Frank Frost, and Sam Carr. Patton immortalized Lula in the lyrics of his recordings “Dry Well Blues” (1930) and . . . Map (db m107619) HM
35 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Lyon — Dunn Mounds — Mississippi Mound Trail —
The Dunn site consists of three earthen mounds. Mound A is oval in shape and just over sixteen feet in height. Mounds B and C have ben diminished by erosion and are less than three feeet in height. Archaeological excavations in 2013 indicate that . . . Map (db m154827) HM
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36 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Lyon — 200 — Rocket “88”
The 1951 classic Rocket “88” by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats has often been cited as the first rock ‘n’ roll record. Waxed at Sam Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service, it was also the first No. 1 rhythm & blues hit for Chicago-based Chess . . . Map (db m174032) HM
37 Mississippi, Coahoma County, Stovall — 9 — Muddy Waters's House
Front Muddy Waters lived most of his first thirty years in a house on this site, part of the Stovall Plantation. In 1996 the restored house was put on display at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. Muddy Waters was first recorded here . . . Map (db m160400) HM
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Jun. 1, 2023