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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Gulfport, Mississippi

 
Clickable Map of Harrison County, Mississippi and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Harrison County, MS (132) Hancock County, MS (36) Jackson County, MS (74) Pearl River County, MS (9) Stone County, MS (19) St. Bernard Parish, LA (69)  HarrisonCounty(132) Harrison County (132)  HancockCounty(36) Hancock County (36)  JacksonCounty(74) Jackson County (74)  PearlRiverCounty(9) Pearl River County (9)  StoneCounty(19) Stone County (19)  St.BernardParishLouisiana(69) St. Bernard Parish (69)
Biloxi and Gulfport are both the county seat for Harrison County
Gulfport is in Harrison County
      Harrison County (132)  
ADJACENT TO HARRISON COUNTY
      Hancock County (36)  
      Jackson County (74)  
      Pearl River County (9)  
      Stone County (19)  
      St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana (69)  
 
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1 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — 1863 East Pascagoula Raid
The Louisiana Native Guards, composed largely of former slaves and free men of color from Louisiana, were organized by Union Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler in 1862. On April 9, 1863, 180 men from companies B and G of the 2nd Regiment, landed at . . . Map (db m102161) HM
2 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — 24 — Broadcasting the Blues
Front Blues radio took off in the post-World War II era with the arrival of rhythm & blues programming. A new era for blues radio began in 2000 when Rip Daniels, a Gulfport native, launched the American Blues Network (ABN) at this site. . . . Map (db m80988) HM
3 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Centennial Plaza
In 1917, this site was designated for the state's centennial celebration. Known as the “Mississippi Centennial Exposition,” the celebration never occurred due to the onset of World War I. The property was converted to a naval training station . . . Map (db m243086) HM
4 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Dr. Felix Henry Dunn
An African American physician, lived and practiced medicine here fron 1953 until 2002. His work to register African American voters provoked repeated death threats and fire bombing of his clinic. He was president of the Gulfport Branch NAACP and . . . Map (db m102169) HM
5 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — First Baptist Church, Gulfport
Organized in 1896 by Bertha Amis and her half-sister Ruby Thornton, First Baptist Church first met in a rail car in downtown Gulfport. In 1899, a church was built at the corner of 14th Street and 23rd Avenue. The congregation then moved to this . . . Map (db m243112) HM
6 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Grass Lawn
A two-story, wood-frame Greek Revival house with peripteral galleries, “Grass Lawn” was built as a vacation residence for Dr. Hiram Alexander Roberts, a surgeon and planter from Port Gibson. From 1904 to 1950, it was the home of Gulfport mayor . . . Map (db m243092) HM
7 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Gulf Coast College
Once located in the Handsboro Community, Gulf Coast College was founded in 1865 by Henry Leinhard as a private coeducational boarding school here on this site. In the early 1890's the college was converted into a public school. After the original . . . Map (db m81008) HM
8 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Gulf Coast Military Academy
This preparatory school for boys was founded in 1912. The senior division campus, closed in 1951, is now the site of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Gulfport, formerly known as the United States Naval Home. The junior division campus, closed in . . . Map (db m68452) HM
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9 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Gulfport Army Airfield
On July 7, 1942, the United States Army Air Force opened the Gulfport Army Airfield to train personnel for the B-29 Superfortress, B-17 Flying Fortress, and B-24 Liberator during World War II. The Gulfport Field was conveyed from the War Department . . . Map (db m218826) HM WM
10 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — 184 — Gulfport Boogie — Mississippi Blues Trail —
Front Gulfport was once home to an active blues and rhythm & blues scene, particularly here in the North Gulfport area. Jaimoe, famed drummer with the Allman Brothers Band, was raised in Gulfport, as was the band’s onetime bassist . . . Map (db m80990) HM
11 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Gulfport Civil Rights Wade-In
Near this spot on April 17 and April 24, 1960, Gulfport NAACP president Dr. Felix Dunn and his family joined in peaceful "wade-in" demonstrations to challenge the laws denying African Americans use of the beach. Gulfport police officers removed the . . . Map (db m68450) HM
12 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Handsboro Reported damaged
N. 1 mi. Founded c. 1800. Famed, 1840-1900, for foundries, sawmills & shipyard; Coast's first newspaper, "Democrat" (1846); and many fine academies. Here Jeff. Davis attended Polar Star Lodge, founded in 1852.Map (db m81006) HM
13 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Handsboro Presbyterian Church
Organized November 18, 1877, by the New Orleans Presbytery. The present church building was erected in 1891 on the site of the original building which was destroyed by fire in 1889.Map (db m81007) HM
14 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Harrison County Confederate Monument1861 — 1865 — Lest We Forget —
"In Memory of our Confederate Dead"Map (db m102155) WM
15 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Kellier-Sternberg House
The Ionic-columned, neoclassical house that once stood here was originally built ca. 1900 by T.G.B. Kellier and was later owned by Edward Sternberg, southeastern claims and litigation manager for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. In 1999, "The . . . Map (db m68459) HM
16 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Memorialization of Jefferson Davis
On site of old Harrison County Court House where at age 80 he made this famed speech — To the — young men of Mississippi which stands out as this great American's crowning service to the United States through its . . . Map (db m81014) HM
17 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Mississippi City Cemetery
Established before the founding of Mississippi City, the earliest burials here date to the 1840s. In 1884, the cemetery was sold to Harrison County for $1, provided no graves would be disturbed. Buried here are veterans of the Civil War, . . . Map (db m243084) HM
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18 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Mississippi City Colored School
The Mississippi City Colored School was built here in 1914 without utilities. Funding came from the Rosenwald Foundation, the county, and private donations. Students completed the eighth grade here, and most went on to graduate from high school . . . Map (db m243082) HM
19 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Mississippi City Courthouse
Constructed in 1893 as part of the Harrison County Circuit Clerk's office, the "Old Courthouse," located here, was a two-story, red brick edifice. It was the last remaining structure associated with a complex of courthouse buildings in Mississippi . . . Map (db m81011) HM
20 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Old Gulfport High School
The Gulfport High School, built in 1923 by architect N. W. Overstreet, replaced two earlier schools built in 1899 and 1905, both of which burned. Opened in 1924 at a new location on 15th Street, the school was converted to a junior high in 1977 due . . . Map (db m102167) HM
21 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Riley Chapel UMC
Riley Chapel, located in the Handsboro community, was founded in 1869 as the Methodist Episcopal Church (Colored). In 1907. a wood-framed church was built with a bell, wooden pews, and stained-glass windows. The property also included a . . . Map (db m243083) HM
22 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Ship Island
12 miles south of the mainland lies emerald waters and sugar white sand. Site of economic and military conquest by the Spanish in the 1500s and the French in 1699, the British in the 1700s, and the Union Army in 1861. Site of Civil War Fort . . . Map (db m102170) HM
23 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — St. Mark's Episcopal Church
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, once located here, was organized as a mission parish in 1846. Originally a simple rectangular frame building with twin front doors. The church was altered and enlarged over the years and was moved from its original . . . Map (db m81009) HM
24 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — St. Therese Parish Hall
The St. Therese Parish Hall was built in 1941 by Rev. Joseph Hennessey, SSJ, across from the St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church. Used by the parish for a variety of purposes, it was also a United States Service Organization (USO) center for . . . Map (db m243115) HM
25 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — The Magnolia Route
On April 20, 1925, the Magnolia Route opened with a forty-hour, 1,000 mile endurance drive from Gulfport to Chicago. This route was designed to bring more commerce and tourism to Mississippi.Map (db m80995) HM
26 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Turkey Creek Community
In 1866, emancipated African American settlers established this community along Turkey Creek, building homes, a church, and a school. Many residents are descendants of the original settlers. Designated in 2001 by Mississippi Heritage Trust as . . . Map (db m243138) HM
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27 Mississippi, Harrison County, Gulfport — Turkey Creek Community Reported missing
In 1866, emancipated African American settlers established this community along Turkey Creek, building homes, a church, and a school. Many residents are descendants of the original settlers. Designated in 2001 by Mississippi Heritage Trust as . . . Map (db m243140) HM
 
 
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May. 22, 2024