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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Columbus, Mississippi

Clickable Map of Lowndes 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> Lowndes County, MS (57) Clay County, MS (11) Monroe County, MS (30) Noxubee County, MS (16) Oktibbeha County, MS (20) Lamar County, AL (6) Pickens County, AL (18)  LowndesCounty(57) Lowndes County (57)  ClayCounty(11) Clay County (11)  MonroeCounty(30) Monroe County (30)  NoxubeeCounty(16) Noxubee County (16)  OktibbehaCounty(20) Oktibbeha County (20)  LamarCountyAlabama(6) Lamar County (6)  PickensCounty(18) Pickens County (18)
Columbus is the county seat for Lowndes County
Columbus is in Lowndes County
      Lowndes County (57)  
      Clay County (11)  
      Monroe County (30)  
      Noxubee County (16)  
      Oktibbeha County (20)  
      Lamar County, Alabama (6)  
      Pickens County, Alabama (18)  
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1 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Adam Tonquin StovallPresident — June 6, 1921 - March 1, 1938 —
. . . Map (db m152587) HM
2 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Baldwin Locomotive No. 601
Built in 1946 as the first “Road Switcher” of its type in U.S. Columbus and Greenville Railway’s first diesel powered locomotive. Retired in 1984 after thirty-eight years on freight and passenger trains.Map (db m8457) HM
3 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
The Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church became part of the Tombecbee Presbytery in 1825 and joined the New Hope Cumberland Presbytery in 1866. The cemetery was established in 1827 and contains the graves of many veterans. The date Beersheba . . . Map (db m8477) HM
4 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Bethel Presbyterian Church
Congregation established in 1834 by William Ervin, Elizabeth and Drennon Love, James Ervin, Rosamond Odeneal and Thomas and Margaret E. Witherspoon. These Scots-Irish pioneers from Alabama and the Carolinas settled here after the Choctaw Cession of . . . Map (db m8484) HM
5 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — C.S.A. Arsenal
Here in 1862 Confederacy built huge arsenal employing over 1000 persons. Later one of buildings became original site of Union Academy, first free public school for Negroes in Columbus.Map (db m8553) HM
6 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Church of the Annunciation
Dedicated in 1863. This is the oldest Catholic Church in NE Miss. It once served a parish that included Corinth & Meridian. The design for the Gothic structure was conceived by Fr. J. B. Mouton, the first pastor.Map (db m8486) HM
7 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Columbus
Originally, 1817-21, known as Possum Town. Became one of richest cities in old Black Prairie cotton belt. Home of state's first free school and M.S.C.W.Map (db m8487) HM
8 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — 20 — Columbus Mississippi Blues
The Black Prairies of eastern Mississippi have produced a number of notable blues musicians, including Howlin’ Wolf, Bukka White, and Big Joe Williams. Activity in Columbus, the largest city in the region, centered around areas such as this block of . . . Map (db m27607) HM
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9 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Confederate Decoration Day
Began here, April 25, 1866, with first annual placing of flowers on graves of Blue and Gray. Idea originated at meeting in Twelve Gables home of Miss Matt Morton.Map (db m8552) HM
10 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Demonstration School
The first "laboratory" school for teacher training in the state was established in 1907 by the faculty of Industrial Institute and College (1884), now Mississippi University for Women, the first public college for women in America. The present . . . Map (db m8554) HM
11 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Dennis Wicks, Jr.
Dennis Wicks, Jr. designated land in the early 1900’s to build a pond for family members to water their livestock. The pond was called Wicks Pond. He also donated a water pump for clean drinking water. Dennis Wicks, Jr. November 17, 1883 ~ . . . Map (db m178992) HM
12 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Errolton
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m244663) HM
13 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — First Baptist Church of Columbus
Organized in 1832 by Thomas Blewett, with Rev. A.S. Bayley serving as the first pastor (1832-1834), this church has erected two sanctuaries. The first was built here in 1838, and the second, this Gothic Revival-style structure designed by Reuben . . . Map (db m69565) HM
14 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — First Christian Church
Founded, 1839, through efforts of Talbert Fanning and David Lipscomb. Present structure, erected 1849-50, housed refugee State Senate in Civil War. Here Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterways Agreement was signed in 1958.Map (db m8555) HM
15 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — First Home of Tennessee Williams
One of America's leading playwrights, Tennessee Williams was born here March 26, 1911. He received the Pulitzer Prize for "Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Both stories set in the South.Map (db m8556) HM
16 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — First Methodist Church
Oldest church organization in Columbus, dating from 1831. Second structure, built in 1844, became synagogue after building of present church, 1860-1867.Map (db m8557) HM
17 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Franklin Academy
State's oldest free school. Has functioned since 1821. Worthy trustees, using 16th section income & employing able teachers, early made Columbus a cultural center in northeast Mississippi.Map (db m8582) HM
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18 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Friendship Cemetery
SW, 12 blocks. Two state governors, over 1,000 C.S.A. soldiers, including 4 generals, lie here. The decorating of their graves & those of Union soldiers, inspired F.M. Finch's "The Blue and the Gray." 1867.Map (db m8583) HM
19 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Henry Armstrong
Henry Armstrong, born Henry Jackson in this area in 1912, began his professional boxing career in 1931. Armstrong became the only boxer to hold world titles simultaneously in three weight divisions. He was named boxer of the year in 1937 and 1938 . . . Map (db m13902) HM
20 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — James “Jim” Wicks
James “Jim” Wicks designated land in the early 1900’s to build a school to educate family members. The school was named Wicks Normal School. James “Jim” Wicks February 20, 1867 ~ January 2, 1939Map (db m178993) HM
21 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — James T. Harrison Home
Built by Thomas Blewett circa 1840 for daughter Regina and James Harrison, leading lawyer and politician. Site of 1865 marriage and home of Stephen D. and Regina Harrison Lee.Map (db m8584) HM
22 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Joshua Lawrence Meador
Joshua Lawrence Meador was born in 1911 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and moved here at age seven. Meador worked for Walt Disney Productions from 1936 to 1965 as head of the effects department. His film credits include Snow White, Fantasia, Bambi, . . . Map (db m64694) HM
23 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Kenneth Gatchell House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m244665) HM
24 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Lee High School
Built in 1953, the S.D. Lee High School was designed by Jackson architect R. W. Naef in the International Style. Named for former Confederate general Stephen D. Lee, Lee High School was constructed in the early phases of the Equalization . . . Map (db m244671) HM
25 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Lowndes County Veterans Monument
[Center] Dedicated to the honor and memory of our men and women of Lowndes County who served our country World War II ★ Korea ★ Vietnam ★ World War I [Left wing] In honor of those who gave their lives . . . Map (db m244667) WM
26 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Lowndes County World War I Memorial
Remember WWI Veterans This gate, a symbol of remembrance, is dedicated to the men and women of Lowndes County who served their country in the World War 1917-1918. Erected November 11, 1933 by Tombigbee Unit No. 69 American Legion Auxiliary . . . Map (db m244666) WM
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27 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Military Road
Built by War Department 1817-20, to connect New Orleans with Nashville. Suggested by & named for Gen. Andrew Jackson. Soon became an important commercial & telegraph route.Map (db m8585) HM
28 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Missionary Union Baptist Church
Organized by enslaved people in 1833, Missionary Union Baptist Church is among the oldest black congregations in northeast Mississippi. After emancipation, the church was chartered in 1867 during the pastorate of Rev. Jesse Freeman Boulden. . . . Map (db m244670) HM
29 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Mississippi State College for Women
The oldest state supported woman's college (1884) in the United States. It pioneered in adding vocational subjects to standard arts-science program.Map (db m8586) HM
30 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church and Vaughn’s Cemetery
Established in 1833 when James and Susannah Vaughn donated 5.7 acres of land to the Mt. Pleasant congregation. After Judge John Perkins donated an adjacent 5-acre plot to the congregation in 1851, the church was moved and the original site was . . . Map (db m20116) HM
31 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — MUW Desegregation
In September 1966, six local African American women integrated the Mississippi State College for Women. Undergraduate students Diane Hardy, Barbara Turner, and Laverne Greene, and graduate students Jacqueline Edwards, Mary Flowers, and Eula . . . Map (db m244664) HM
32 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Ned Wicks
Ned Wicks designated land to build a church in the early 1900’s for family members to worship the Lord. The church is called New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Ned Wicks August 1849 ~ circa 1929Map (db m178995) HM
33 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Plymouth
6 mi. N. at mouth of Tibbee and ford in Tombigbee is site of old Indian village, fort, and cotton trading center. Incorporated 1836, but declined with river trade. Now a wilderness. (supplement) This sign was originally posted (1952) . . . Map (db m178939) HM
34 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Queen City Hotel Reported missing
The Queen City Hotel, located at this site, was once the cultural hub of the African American community in Columbus. Constructed in the 1880s, the building was opened as a hotel in 1914 by blues guitarist Robert Walker and later owned by Edward . . . Map (db m140700) HM
35 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — 115 — Queen City Hotel and 7th Avenue
Front For several decades beginning in the early 1900s, the Queen City Hotel, which stood across the street from this site, was at the center of a vibrant African American community along 7th Avenue North. Clubs and cafes in the area . . . Map (db m140699) HM
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36 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Robinson Road
Opened 1820s. Ran from Jackson Military Road to Natchez Trace by way of Louisville, Doak's Stand & Choctaw Agency. For years it was only direct route from Columbus to Jackson.Map (db m28075) HM
37 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Rural Hill School
The first rural consolidated school in Mississippi. The school was moved to this site in 1904 and flourished under the guidance of Professor B. G. Hull, who was principal until 1918. Due to the success of the school, Hull was recognized as a . . . Map (db m8622) HM
38 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — S.D. Lee Home
Home of Lt. Gen., C.S.A.; legislator; first president Miss A. & M. College; member Constitutional Convention of 1890; one of organizers of Vicksburg Military Park; Commander United Confederate Veterans; military historian.Map (db m8623) HM
39 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Sally Wicks Sharp
. . . Map (db m178990) HM
40 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Sandfield Cemetery
Established before the Civil War, Sandfield Cemetery served historically as a burial ground for the African American community in Columbus. Among the approximately 250 people buried here are Rev. Jesse Freeman Boulden, a leader in the . . . Map (db m140696) HM
41 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Sims-Brown House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m244669) HM
42 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Snowdoun
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m244668) HM
43 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Parish organized Jan. 1, 1837. First church consecrated 1838. Present church begun 1854, consecrated Nov. 15, 1860, by the Rt. Rev. William Mercer Green, first Episcopal Bishop of Miss.Map (db m8624) HM
44 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — The Tennessee Williams Visitors Center
Friends of Libraries U.S.A. Literary Landmarks Register The Tennessee Williams Visitors Center Author, playwright, and poet Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams (1911-1983), was born in Columbus, Mississippi. In tribute to his . . . Map (db m8719) HM
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45 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Walter "Red" Barber
A native of Columbus, Walter Lanier "Red" Barber (1908-1992) as a boy lived on North 4th Avenue. He began a storied career in radio broadcasting in 1934 after receiving a job offer from the Cincinnati Reds. Barber was the voice of the Cincinnati . . . Map (db m8626) HM
46 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Waverley
W. 5 mi. Built 1852 by Col. Geo. H. Young, who used own plant for gas lighting. In Civil War housed refugee girls from Memphis & New Orleans. Site of organization of National Fox Hunters Association.Map (db m8627) HM
47 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Wicks Community
Wicks Community is an African American community established in 1887. This land was purchased by Dennis Wicks from Simon Leob, a Jewish man. Dennis Wicks was a former slave, the son of Ned Wicks. Ned Wicks was purchased as a slave by a farmer named . . . Map (db m178987) HM
48 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — William Barksdale
Eminent lawyer and editor. U.S. Congressman, 1852-1861. Miss. Quartermaster-General, 1861. Commanding General of famous Mississippi Brigade. Killed at Gettysburg. Here is site of plantation home.Map (db m8628) HM
49 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Wood of the Bow
The large tree that you see here is known by several common names, including Osage orange and hedge apple. We will use a colloquial name, Bodock (bodark), based upon the original French name, bois d’arc (wood of the bow). The Osage Indians made . . . Map (db m178982) HM
50 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Woodlawn Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Organized 1869. Original building Ľ mile West. Rev. Thomas Benton Wood, first pastor. Land Given by Martha Kidd Vaughn, lumber by A.P. Presley.Map (db m8629) HM
51 Mississippi, Lowndes County, Columbus — Zacharias Wicks, Sr.
Zacharias Wicks, Sr. designated land in 1920 as a burial ground for family members. The cemetery is called Wicks memorial Garden. Zacharias Wicks, Sr. April 12, 1872 ~ June 15, 1950Map (db m178997) HM
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