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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Indianola, Mississippi
Location of Indianola, Mississippi
▶ 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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|On Front Avenue at Second Street, on the left when traveling south on Front Avenue. |
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|
|On Church Street at Mill Street, on the right when traveling north on Church Street. |
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|
|On Hannah Avenue at Clay Street, on the right when traveling south on Hannah Avenue. |
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 Second Street at Court Avenue on Second Street. |
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|
|On Jefferson Street 0.1 miles east of Hanna Avenue, on the right when traveling east. |
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|
|On Church Street at Coates Street, on the right when traveling north on Church Street. |
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|
|On Front Street Extension at Byas Street, on the right when traveling south on Front Street Extension. |
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|
|On Church Avenue at Second Street, on the left when traveling north on Church Avenue. |
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 Faisonia Avenue 0.1 miles south of U.S. 82, on the left when traveling south. |
|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|