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Choctaw County Mississippi Historical Markers

 
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By Jeff Lovorn, December 2, 2011
Ackerman Marker
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Ackerman — Ackerman
On Main Street at Mississippi Highway 15, on the right when traveling west on Main Street.
Chartered February 16, 1884, upon the arrival of the Canton, Aberdeen, & Nashville Railroad, and named for the company's president, William K. Ackerman. Since 1896 County Seat of Choctaw County. — Map (db m51200) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Ackerman — Choctaw County High School
On Mississippi Route 15 0.1 miles from South Pickle Street, on the right when traveling south.
First established as the Ackerman Colored School in the late 1920s, this school was part of the county board of education's plan to consolidate nearly thirty smaller community-based schools from 1931 to 1958. The school's name was changed to the . . . — Map (db m140791) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Ackerman — Coleman's Mill
On State Highway 12 at Fentress-Panhandle Road, on the right when traveling east on State Highway 12.
On Yockanookany, 1/2 mi. S., was built in 1836 water mill of W.R. Coleman of Fairfield Co. S.C., first white settler after Choctaw cession in Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. — Map (db m51198) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Ackerman — Governor J.P. Coleman
On South Commerce Street at East Main Street, on the left when traveling south on South Commerce Street.
James Plemon "J.P." Coleman was born in 1914 in Ackerman. A graduate of George Washington University, he served as district attorney for the Fifth Judicial District from 1940 to 1946 and as a judge from 1947 to 1950. Coleman served as a Mississippi . . . — Map (db m140790) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Ackerman — Governor Ray Mabus
On South Commerce Street at East Main Street, on the left when traveling south on South Commerce Street.
A fourth generation Choctaw countian, Ray Mabus grew up in Ackerman. In 1987 he was elected governor, the youngest in more than 150 years. Appointed Secretary of the Navy in 2009, he served until 2017, the longest tenure since WWI and the third . . . — Map (db m140788) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Ackerman — 28 — Hoyt Ming
On East Main Street 0.1 miles east of South Commerce Street, on the right when traveling east. Reported damaged.
[Front] Choctaw County fiddler Hoyt Ming (1902-1985) led the lively string band recorded as “Floyd Ming & His Pep Steppers” at a Memphis Victor session in 1928. His “Indian War Whoop,” with its fiddling . . . — Map (db m140731) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Ackerman — Jeff Busby Park
Near Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 193.1), 2.4 miles south of Mississippi Highway 9.
On February 15, 1934, while serving as U.S. Congressman from Mississippi, Thomas Jefferson Busby (1884-1964) introduced a bill authorizing a survey of the Old Natchez Trace. Four years later the historic road was designated a unit of the National . . . — Map (db m87481) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Ackerman — Shiloh Methodist Church and Cemetery
On Mississippi Route 12 1.4 miles west of Scott Road, on the right when traveling west.
Established ca. 1836, Shiloh Methodist Church was disbanded by 1875. Remaining members joined other churches in area, including Mt. Airy, Chestnut Grove, and Bethel. Frederick and Margaret Crawford Bagwell, early settlers of Choctaw County are . . . — Map (db m140785) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Ackerman — The Great Eastern Hardwood Forest
Near Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 193.1), 2.4 miles south of Mississippi Highway 9.
(Marker #1) The Great Eastern Hardwood Forest Before Columbus, the world of the eastern Indian was one of a vast continuous forest stretching from Canada to the Gulf coast. A mature forest, it changed little over the centuries, and . . . — Map (db m87480) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Ackerman — 139 — Two Steps From The Blues
On East Main Street east of South Commerce Street, on the right when traveling east.
"Two Steps From the Blues" might refer to Choctaw County's location, a bit off the path from the well-known blues highways and byways of Mississippi, but it is also the title of a classic blues song written by a native of Ackerman, "Texas" Johnny . . . — Map (db m51199) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), French Camp — Col. James Drane
On State Highway 413 at LeFleur Circle, on the left when traveling east on State Highway 413.
President pro tem of the state Senate, 1857-65. Defeated by W. McWillie in governorís race, 1857. Delegate to Charleston Dem. Convention, 1860. Son and grandson of Rev. soldiers. House moved here, 1981, and restored. — Map (db m87486) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), French Camp — French Camp
On Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 180.7), 0.1 miles south of Mississippi Highway 413, on the right when traveling north.
Louis Leflore first traded with the Choctaw Indians at a bluff now part of Jackson Mississippi. About 1812 he established his stand 900 feet to the northeast on the Natchez Trace. †††††Because of the storekeepers nationality, the area was often . . . — Map (db m87485) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), French Camp — Natchez Trace at French Camp
On Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 180.7), 0.1 miles south of Mississippi Highway 413, on the right when traveling north.
This memorial marks a stage on the “Natchez Trace.” The first highway opened through the lower South, by the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830, between the American government and the Choctaw Indians. The surrounding country became . . . — Map (db m87495) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Mathiston — Pigeon Roost
On Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 203.5), 0.6 miles south of U.S. 82, on the right when traveling north.
Pigeon Roost Creek, to your left, is a reminder of the millions of migrating passenger pigeons that once roosted in trees in this area. The species has been completely destroyed. †††††One mile east where the Natchez Trace crossed the creek, . . . — Map (db m87484) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Mathiston — The Old Natchez Trace
On Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 198.6), 3.1 miles north of Mississippi Highway 9, on the right when traveling north.
In the early 1800's many thoughtful Americans believed that isolation and the difficulties of communication would force the Mississippi Valley settlements to form a separate nation. Hoping to hold the frontier, Congress in 1800 established a post . . . — Map (db m87483) HM

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