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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Indianola
Indianola, Mississippi and Vicinity
▶ Sunflower County (16) ▶ Bolivar County (43) ▶ Coahoma County (29) ▶ Humphreys County (7) ▶ Leflore County (26) ▶ Tallahatchie County (10) ▶ Washington County (70)
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Albert King (1923-1992), who was billed as "King of the Blues Guitar," was famed for his powerful string-bending style as well as for his soulful, smoky vocals. King often said he was born in Indianola and was a half-brother of B. B. King, . . . — — Map (db m77319) HM|
Church Street catered to every need of the African American community during the segregation era, when most area residents worked in the cotton fields during the week and came to town on weekends. Church Street (also designated . . . — — Map (db m77308) HM|
Club Ebony, one of the South’s most important African American nightclubs, was built just after the end of World War II by Indianola entrepreneur Johnny Jones (1907-1950). Under Jones and successive owners, the club showcased Ray . . . — — Map (db m77307) HM|
On the steps of the Sunflower County Courthouse, Fannie Lou Hamer, a former cotton picker, sharecropper, and voting and civil rights activist stood in protest of voter suppression in the state of Mississippi throughout the United States.
On . . . — — Map (db m157674) HM|
A building at this site serving as a Freedom School and headquarters for Civil Rights workers was firebombed and destroyed on March 5, 1965. The building, originally a Baptist school, had been donated to the Council of Federated Organizations . . . — — Map (db m77314) HM|
A store located at this site was owned and operated until 1988 by Oscar and Alice Giles, who were active in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the local Civil Rights movement. The store was firebombed on May 1, 1965, and heavily . . . — — Map (db m77315) HM|
At this site was the home of Irene Magruder (1898-1973), who was the first African American in Indianola to open her home to Civil Rights workers during Freedom Summer of 1964. Her efforts greatly influenced the Civil Rights movement in . . . — — Map (db m77317) HM|
It was on this corner, when B.B. was just a young man of 17, that locals first heard the musician destined to become the "King of the Blues".
On June 6, 1980, B.B. King placed his handprints and signature in the walk. — — Map (db m77321) HM|
|On this site was the home of Wayne and Minnie Cox. In 1888, Wayne Cox was elected alderman, the first African American to hold that post in Indianola. Appointed by President Benjamin Harrison in 1891, Minnie Cox is the nation's first known African . . . — — Map (db m77322) HM|