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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Yazoo County, Mississippi

Clickable Map of Yazoo 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> Yazoo County, MS (23) Attala County, MS (10) Hinds County, MS (216) Holmes County, MS (21) Humphreys County, MS (7) Issaquena County, MS (3) Madison County, MS (27) Sharkey County, MS (12) Warren County, MS (499)  YazooCounty(23) Yazoo County (23)  AttalaCounty(10) Attala County (10)  HindsCounty(216) Hinds County (216)  HolmesCounty(21) Holmes County (21)  HumphreysCounty(7) Humphreys County (7)  IssaquenaCounty(3) Issaquena County (3)  MadisonCounty(27) Madison County (27)  SharkeyCounty(12) Sharkey County (12)  WarrenCounty(499) Warren County (499)
Yazoo City is the county seat for Yazoo County
Adjacent to Yazoo County, Mississippi
      Attala County (10)  
      Hinds County (216)  
      Holmes County (21)  
      Humphreys County (7)  
      Issaquena County (3)  
      Madison County (27)  
      Sharkey County (12)  
      Warren County (499)  
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1 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Benton — Benton
Yazoo County seat, 1829-50. Settled by Win. Y. Gadberry, 1828, first court being held in his log home. Chartered, 1836. Nearby Cedar Grove Plantation was home of Col. John Sharp & of famed Sen. John Sharp Williams.Map (db m213933) HM
2 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Benton — Civil Rights March
In June 1966 a march for voting rights, en route from Yazoo City to Jackson, camped here while passing through Benton. The marchers, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were provided food and water by members of the Oak Grove A.M.E. Church and by . . . Map (db m213932) HM
3 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Bentonia — 67 — Jack Owens
Front Jack Owens became one of Mississippi's most venerated blues artists in the 1980s and ‘90s after spending most of his life as a farmer in Yazoo County. Born November 17, 1904, or 1906 according to some sources, Owens did not . . . Map (db m77275) HM
4 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Bentonia — 51 — Nehemiah “Skip” James
Front The haunting quality of Nehemiah “Skip” James’s music earned him a reputation as one of the great early Mississippi bluesmen. James (1902-1969) grew up at the Woodbine Plantation and as a youth learned to play both . . . Map (db m77272) HM
5 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Bentonia — 16 — The Blue Front Café
Front The Blue Front Café opened in 1948 under the ownership of Carey and Mary Holmes, an African American couple from Bentonia. In its heyday the Blue Front was famed for its buffalo fish, blues, and moonshine whiskey. One of the . . . Map (db m77274) HM
6 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Little Yazoo — Tinsley Oil Field
Discovered 5 miles west of here on Sept. 5, 1939, Tinsley was the first oil field east of the Mississippi River in the Gulf Coast region. During first 50 years, 220,000,000 barrels of oil were produced.Map (db m121105) HM
7 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Satartia — Mechanicsburg
On May 24, 1863, Confederate Col. Wirt Adams, with his Mississippi Cav. Regiment and the 20th Mississippi Inf. (Mounted), ambushed Union Col. Amory Johnson's cavalry brigade at Mechanicsburg. This action prevented the Federals from burning Way's . . . Map (db m213931) HM
8 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — C.S.S. Arkansas
Launched on July 14, 1862, from the Navy Yard in Yazoo City, the ironclad ram Arkansas commanded by Lt. Isaac N. Brown successfully engaged the combined Union fleets on the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers helping to end the naval siege of . . . Map (db m77226) HM
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9 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — B.S. Ricks Memorial Library
Built in 1900 and given to the Yazoo Library Association by Mrs. Ricks in memory of her husband, this example of Beaux Arts Classicism and continues to serve Yazoo City and County as a public library.Map (db m77225) HM
10 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — Bank of Yazoo City
This bank was formed in 1876 by Yazoo County businessmen to aid in the recovery of the area's cotton planters after the Civil War. It is the oldest surviving financial institution in Yazoo County.Map (db m77224) HM
11 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — Bethel A.M.E. Church
Organized in 1868, Bethel is the oldest African American congregation in Yazoo City. After affiliating with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the congregation moved to this site in 1890. Designed by J.S. King, Bethel A.M.E. is one of the . . . Map (db m77232) HM
12 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — Confederate Navy Yard
Established in 1862, the yard contained five saw and planing mills, machine shop, and carpenter and blacksmith shops. The ironclad ram Arkansas was launched here on July 14, 1862. Burned by direction of Lt. Isaac Brown, C.S.N., the yard . . . Map (db m77227) HM
13 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — 118 — Gatemouth Moore
Front Arnold Dwight “Gatemouth” Moore was one of America’s most popular blues singers in the 1940s before becoming a renowned religious leader, radio announcer, and gospel singer. He served as pastor of several churches in . . . Map (db m77260) HM
14 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — Mississippi Chemical Corporation
Organized in 1948, the Mississippi Chemical Corporation was the nation's first farmer-owned nitrogen fertilizer plant. Under the leadership of Owen Cooper, director of the Farm Bureau Federation and a well-known humanitarian, the company quickly . . . Map (db m213944) HM
15 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — Redoubt McKee
On March 5, 1864, Union Maj. George McKee and the 11th Illinois Infantry Regiment, occupying this defensive position, were attacked by Confederate cavalry forces commanded by Gen. Lawrence "Sul" Ross and Gen. Robert V. Richardson. During the battle, . . . Map (db m77237) HM
16 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — Skirmish at Concord Baptist Church
On December 1, 1864, Confederate forces under Col. John Griffith, including the 11th and 17th Arkansas Mounted Infantry and Wood's Cavalry Regiment, skirmished with a detachment of the Second Wisconsin Cavalry, commanded by Maj. Nicholas H. Dale, . . . Map (db m77142) HM
17 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — St. Francis Mission School
Established by the School Sisters of St. Francis of Milwaukee and Father Peter DeBoer, SVD, to minister to the African American children of Yazoo City, the school opened in September 1940 with 80 children enrolled. The high school held its first and . . . Map (db m77256) HM
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18 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — The Oakes House
This home was built in stages 1866-1910 by John and Mary Oakes, free blacks who had moved to Yazoo City by the 1850s, and by their first son, Augustus J. Oakes, an educator and builder, who had established the Oakes Lumber Yard by 1900. The Oakes . . . Map (db m77230) HM
19 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — 148 — Tommy McClennan
Front Tommy McClennan (c. 1905-1961) was one of America's most successful down-home blues recording artists during the period when he recorded 20 singles for the Bluebird label (1939-1942). Among McClennan's most notable numbers were . . . Map (db m77258) HM
20 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — Town Creek
Town Creek, one of Yazoo City's earliest residential areas, is located within the Town Center National Register Historic District, noted for the uniformly constructed buildings in the business district.Map (db m77242) HM
21 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — Willie Morris
Born in Jackson in 1934, Willie Morris spent a magical Yazoo boyhood playing pranks and baseball with his dog and his friends or playing "Taps" on his trumpet for military funerals. His writing talent was evident early on in pieces he wrote for the . . . Map (db m213946) HM
22 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — Yazoo County Civil War Memorial
1861 — 1865 As at Thermopylae, the greater glory was to the vanquished ——— This monument is erected to perpetuate the memory of the noble courage, constancy and self sacrificing devotion of the women of . . . Map (db m77476) WM
23 Mississippi, Yazoo County, Yazoo City — Yazoo Expedition
Early in 1864, a Union task force under the command of Col. James H. Coates occupied Yazoo City. The garrison included African Americans troops of the 1st Mississippi Cav. and 8th Louisiana Inf. (African Descent.) Attacked by Confederates on . . . Map (db m77235) HM
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Jun. 2, 2023