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By Robert M. Cook, Jr., October 1, 2015
Amos Deason Home Marker
Mississippi (Jones County), Ellisville — Amos Deason Home
This one-story, Greek Revival-style house was constructed ca. 1847 with a wood façade shaped to resemble stone blocks and a hexagon-shaped entrance vestibule. On October 5, 1863 Confederate Major Amos McLemore, who had been sent to the area to round . . . — Map (db m73449) HM
Mississippi (Jones County), Ellisville — Jones County Courthouse
Jones County was established in 1826 with two county seats, Ellisville and Laurel. This courthouse was designed by architect Penn Jeffries (P.J.) Krouse and constructed by Norris and Gardner in 1908, with the Laurel courthouse in 1908, as its twin. . . . — Map (db m111002) HM
Mississippi (Jones County), Ellisville — Newt Knight: Robin Hood or Renegade? / The Amos Deason Home
Newt Knight: Robin Hood or Renegade? On October 5, 1863, Major McLemore sat in front of the fire in the comfortable home of Amos Deason. He had been sent
 from Atlanta to round up a growing number of deserters who hid out in the . . . — Map (db m111168) HM
Mississippi (Jones County), Ellisville — Skirmish At Rocky Creek
Near this site on June 25, 1863, a small group of Confederate soldiers and civilians under the command of Lt. W. M. Wilson of the 43rd Tennessee Infantry, defeated a detachment of the 5th Illinois Cavalry. During the skirmish, the entire 40 man . . . — Map (db m61931) HM
Mississippi (Jones County), Laurel — Dr. King Visits Laurel
On March 19, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke here at St. Paul Methodist Church to rally support for the Poor People's March on Washington against economic injustice. King told the overflow audience that the marchers were going to the . . . — Map (db m110981) HM
Mississippi (Jones County), Laurel — Hotel Pinehurst
Constructed in 1914, the Hotel Pinehurst was owned and operated by T.B. Horton until 1939. The hotel included over 100 rooms, a grand lobby and entranceway, and a number of dining rooms, offices, and stores. The Arabian Theater was added in 1924. . . . — Map (db m56546) HM
Mississippi (Jones County), Laurel — 127 — Jones County Blues
Front The Laurel area, a hub of musical activity in southeast Mississippi, has been home to a number of noted blues performers including harmonica player Sam Myers, singer Albennie Jones, and guitarist Blind Roosevelt Graves. R&B, blues, . . . — Map (db m110992) HM
Mississippi (Jones County), Laurel — Laurel City Hall
Opened on November 24, 1914, this building once housed all of Laurel's city officials, as well as the fire and police departments. Laurel City Hall was designed by architect Penn Jeffries Krouse and is an early example of the eclectic Mediterranean . . . — Map (db m110979) HM
Mississippi (Jones County), Laurel — Masonite Corporation
In 1924 engineer William H. Mason discovered a process to convert wood chips into a thin, high density material that became known as masonite. He established the Mason Fibre Company soon after his discovery. The company changed its name to the . . . — Map (db m110983) HM
Mississippi (Jones County), Laurel — Oak Park School
Oak Park Vocational High School, located at this site, opened in September, 1928. Based on the pattern of Tuskegee Institute, the school provided academic, vocational, and agricultural education to African American students, and included faculty . . . — Map (db m110988) HM
Mississippi (Jones County), Laurel — Ralph Boston
Born in Laurel on May 9, 1939, Ralph Boston became a star athlete at Oak Park High School. While attending Tennessee State (1957-1962), Boston set records in the high jump, sprints, high hurdles, and long jump. Earning a spot on three successive . . . — Map (db m110990) HM
Mississippi (Jones County), Soso — Big Creek Church
Org. 1820s. Oldest Landmark church in county. At break-up of Ebenezer Assn., it led in organizing Big Creek Missionary Baptist Assn. Dykes, Hilburn, Hill, Jefcoat, Knight, Shows, Sumrall, Todd, & Wade families led in church growth. — Map (db m111001) HM

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