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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Greenville, Mississippi

Clickable Map of Washington 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> Washington County, MS (71) Bolivar County, MS (52) Humphreys County, MS (7) Issaquena County, MS (3) Sharkey County, MS (12) Sunflower County, MS (28) Chicot County, AR (16)  WashingtonCounty(71) Washington County (71)  BolivarCounty(52) Bolivar County (52)  HumphreysCounty(7) Humphreys County (7)  IssaquenaCounty(3) Issaquena County (3)  SharkeyCounty(12) Sharkey County (12)  SunflowerCounty(28) Sunflower County (28)  ChicotCountyArkansas(16) Chicot County (16)
Greenville is the county seat for Washington County
Greenville is in Washington County
      Washington County (71)  
      Bolivar County (52)  
      Humphreys County (7)  
      Issaquena County (3)  
      Sharkey County (12)  
      Sunflower County (28)  
      Chicot County, Arkansas (16)  
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1Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — "Little Italy" — (La Piccolo Italia)
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
2Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — B. B. King — King of the Blues
. . . Map (db m108685) HM
3Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Charles K. Rickard — "Guitar Charlie" — Greenville, Mississippi —
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
4Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Charley Patton — King of the Delta Blues
1891 - 1934 b. Heron's Place Hinds Co. d. Heathman-Dedham Plnt. Sunflower Co. Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues. Map (db m108687) HM
5Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Coleman High School
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
6Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — David "Honey Boy" Edwards — b. June 28, 1915 - Shaw Mississippi
"Who May Your Regulars Be" "Drop Down Mama" "Old Friends" "The World Don't Owe Me Nothing" "Mississippi Delta Bluesman" Played with Robert Johnson Tommy Johnson Little Walter Jacobs Big Joe Williams Kansas City Red . . . Map (db m90401) HM
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7Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Donald Hayes Brown — "Downtown Donnie Brown" b. October 9, 1951 — Greenville, Mississippi —
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
8Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — First Baptist Church
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 m170475) HM
9Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — First Legal Liquor Store
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
10Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — First National Bank Building
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
11Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — First United Methodist Church
Established in the early 1830s when Mrs. Harriet Blanton Theobald opened her 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 m170467) HM
12Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — 50 — Freedom Village
(Front) 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
13Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Gamwyn Park
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
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14Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — George "All Nite" Allen — Greenville, Mississippi — August 13, 1949 - September 6, 2010 —
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
15Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Greenville
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
16Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Greenville Cypress Preserve
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
17Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Greenville Trolley System
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
18Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Greenville's Writers
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
19Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Harriet Blanton Theobald Park
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
20Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Hebrew Union Congregation
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
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21Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — History of the 51-6601
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
22Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Holt Collier
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
23Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — James Michael Dill — Greenville, Mississippi
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
24Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Lockheed T-33A
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
25Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Mississippi — The Magnolia State
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
26Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Mississippi River Levee
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
27Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Mississippi Sheiks — Mississippi's Most Influential String Band — Bo Carter, Sam Chatmon, Walton Vinson, Lonnie Chatmon —
Recorded - 1926 - 1935 Sitting on Top of the World Stop and Listen Blues Livin' in a StrainMap (db m108701) HM
28Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Mt. Horeb M.B. Church
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
29Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — 2 — Nelson Street
Front 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
30Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — New Jerusalem M.B. Church
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
31Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — NRP Building — est. 1900
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
32Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Original Chinese Cemetery
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
33Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — 196 — Prince McCoy
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
34Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Pvt. Robert T. (Bobby) Henry
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
35Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Remnant of Original Greenville - Lake Village Bridge
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
36Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — River Stages At Greenville
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
37Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
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
38Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Shelby Foote — Mississippi Writers Trail
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
39Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church — (organized 1858)
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
40Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — St. Matthew's A. M. E. Church
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
41Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Stein Mart
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
42Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — 32 — Steve Azar
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 charts. Inspired . . . Map (db m170465) HM
43Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Symbols Tell Stories — Found on artifacts, these symbols link us to ancient traditions.
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
44Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — The Courthouse Arboretum
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
45Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — The King's Daughters Hospital
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
46Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — To John A. Fox
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
47Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Walker Percy — Mississippi Writers Trail
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
48Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Walter Horn, Jr. — "Mississippi Slim" — "8th Wonder of the World" —
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
49Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Washington County Courthouse
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
50Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Where Main Street Meets the River
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
51Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Winterville — Mississippi Mound Trail —
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
52Mississippi (Washington County), Greenville — Winterville Mounds
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
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Nov. 29, 2022