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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Holmes County, Mississippi

Clickable Map of Holmes 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> Holmes County, MS (21) Attala County, MS (10) Carroll County, MS (10) Humphreys County, MS (8) Leflore County, MS (34) Madison County, MS (27) Yazoo County, MS (23)  HolmesCounty(21) Holmes County (21)  AttalaCounty(10) Attala County (10)  CarrollCounty(10) Carroll County (10)  HumphreysCounty(8) Humphreys County (8)  LefloreCounty(34) Leflore County (34)  MadisonCounty(27) Madison County (27)  YazooCounty(23) Yazoo County (23)
Lexington is the county seat for Holmes County
Adjacent to Holmes County, Mississippi
      Attala County (10)  
      Carroll County (10)  
      Humphreys County (8)  
      Leflore County (34)  
      Madison County (27)  
      Yazoo County (23)  
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1 Mississippi, Holmes County, Durant — Castalian Springs
W. 3 mi. Mineral springs created popular health spa prior to Civil War. Girls boarding school organized, 1854. In 1862, wounded from Shiloh treated here. Now Y. M.C.A. state camp.Map (db m140831) HM
2 Mississippi, Holmes County, Durant — Choctaw Line
Boundary between Choctaw cessions of 1820 (Doak's Stand), and 1830 (Dancing Rabbit Creek), going from S.E. corner Simpson Co. northward into Holmes & thence through Bolivar Co.Map (db m178867) HM
3 Mississippi, Holmes County, Durant — Durant
Founded, 1858. Named for Louis Durant, a nearby Choctaw chief. Lockhart's Store, 4 mi. W., was first Holmes County post office, dating from 1849. Town later merged with Durant.Map (db m140836) HM
4 Mississippi, Holmes County, Franklin — Franklin Church
During Brig. Gen. Benjamin Grierson's raid in the late winter of 1864-1865, a small Confederate brigade under the command of Gen. Wirt Adams attacked the rear guard of one of Grierson's columns at Franklin Church on January 2, 1865. Among the . . . Map (db m140860) HM
5 Mississippi, Holmes County, Goodman — Goodman School
Built in 1921 with assistance from the Rosenwald Fund and known locally as the Goodman School for Negroes, the Goodman School served African American students in the first through eighth grades in the Goodman-Pickens area. Local Black citizens . . . Map (db m219758) HM
6 Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — Bishop Charles H. Mason
Charles Harrison Mason (1864-1961) began his ministry in 1893 in Preston, Arkansas. Shunned by the African American Baptist community in Jackson during the 1890s due to his teachings on holiness, Mason brought his revival to Lexington in 1897. He . . . Map (db m140839) HM
7 Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — Dr. Arenia Conelia Mallory
Dr. Arenia Mallory (1904-1977), a native of Jacksonville, Illinois, was a graduate of Jackson State University and the University of Illinois and was awarded a Ph.D. from Bethune-Cookman College. In 1926, Mallory came to Lexington, where . . . Map (db m219761) HM
8 Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — 167 — Elmore James
[Front] The cemetery of the Newport Missionary Baptist Church is the final resting place of Elmore James (1918-1963), often described as the "king of the slide guitar." James' electric style built on the approach of Robert Johnson and later . . . Map (db m140748) HM
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9 Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — Hazel Brannon Smith
Hazel Brannon Smith (1914-1994), a journalist and publisher, was the owner and editor of four weekly newspapers, including the Lexington Advertiser. An advocate for racial justice, Smith condemned the state's Sovereignty Commission and . . . Map (db m219759) HM
10 Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — Holmes County
Created by an act of the legislature on 2/19/1832. Because Gov. Scott opposed the creation of the new county, a two-thirds vote of the legislature was necessary for approval. Originally, part of a vast territory known as Hinds County, which was . . . Map (db m184579) HM
11 Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — 156 — Holmes County Blues Lexington
[Front] Holmes County has been a significant contributor to the legacy of African American blues and gospel music in Mississippi. Heralded blues artists born or raised in the Lexington area include Elmore James (a native of Richland, . . . Map (db m140751) HM
12 Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — Holmes County Confederate MonumentC.S.A.
To the Holmes County soldiers of 1861—1865, and members of Holmes County Camp No 398 U.C.V. in memory of their patriotism and heroism and to commend their example to future generations. Their deeds, proud deeds. shall . . . Map (db m184582) WM
13 Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — Lexington
Began in 1820s as trading post. Incorporated in 1836. County seat of Holmes County since 1834. In 1907 the first Corn Club in the United States was organized here by W.H. (Corn Club) Smith.Map (db m140843) HM
14 Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — PFC Milton Lee Olive III
Milton Lee Olive III, a native of Chicago, moved to Holmes County and attended school in Lexington. During the Vietnam War, Olive served in Co. B, 2nd Bttn. (Airborne), 503rd Infantry. Near Phu Cong, on October 22, 1965, Olive saved the lives of . . . Map (db m140856) HM
15 Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's is the successor to Calvary Parish, organized in 1851 at “Wannalaw,” the home of William Eggleston. Built in 1852-53 and consecrated by Bishop William Mercer Green in 1855, the Calvary property was sold in 1878 to build St. Mary's. . . . Map (db m219762) HM
16 Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington — St. Paul Church of God in Christ
St. Paul Church of God in Christ (COGIC) was organized in 1897 by Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, the founder of the COGIC denomination. St. Paul has served as "Mother Church for the COGIC since its construction here in 1906. Saints Academy. formerly . . . Map (db m140853) HM
17 Mississippi, Holmes County, Lexington, Acona — Acona Methodist Church
The church was built on three acres of land purchased in 1874 from Mrs. A.T. Landfair for $25. Lumber for the building was shipped by rail from Tennessee to Vaiden, then hauled to Acona by wagon. The church was erected by John Hamilton. The . . . Map (db m219764) HM
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18 Mississippi, Holmes County, Pickens — Edmund Scarborough and John Scott
Born in 1835 in Alabama, Edmund Scarborough became a successful farmer in Pickens. He served in the Mississippi Legislature in 1870-1871 and organized what would become Union Memorial UMC. John B. Scott, born near Pickens in 1853, attended . . . Map (db m219757) HM
19 Mississippi, Holmes County, Richland — O.E.S. Birthplace
Here in 1849, Robert Morris, Mason, schoolmaster, began movement that resulted in creation of the Order of the Eastern Star. Schoolhouse has also housed Masons and Co. C 15th Miss. Inf. C.S.A.Map (db m140863) HM
20 Mississippi, Holmes County, Tchula — 168 — Holmes County Blues Tchula
Front Many blues performers who gained fame in the Delta, Jackson, and Chicago and on the southern soul circuit have lived in or near Tchula, including Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, Jimmy Dawkins, Jesse Robinson, Lewis "Love Doctor" . . . Map (db m121121) HM
21 Mississippi, Holmes County, Tchula — Tchula
Settled by Charles Land, 1826. Early settlers came by Rockport Road, built by Indians from Tchula Lake to Natchez Trace. Town was trade & shipping center for planters of this area.Map (db m121048) HM
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Dec. 1, 2023