15. July 2013 09:49
Corinth is a significant location in the state’s American Civil War history and heritage. Its proximity to Shiloh National Military Park and the area’s pivotal role during the war offer the ideal backdrop as the state commemorates the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War now through 2015.
While many might be aware of the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, Brice’s Crossroads and other sites, the Corinth Contraband Camp is another part of the state’s heritage that might not be as familiar to some visitors.
During the war, many African Americans who fled Southern plantations and farms seeking freedom and protection found Union-occupied Corinth to be a secure location. The Corinth Contraband Camp was established by Union General Grenville M. Dodge to accommodate these refugees.
The Corinth camp resembled a small town, complete with a church, commissary, hospital, frame and log homes, and a street grid with named streets and numbered houses. An American Missionary Association School operated where over 1,000 African American children and adults learned to read through the efforts of various benevolent organizations.
In December 1863, the camp was moved to Memphis and the freedmen resided in a more traditional refugee facility for the remainder of the war. The Corinth Contraband Camp was the first step on the road to freedom and the struggle for equality for thousands of former slaves. A plaque near the entrance fittingly reads, “Here a newly free people took their unswerving first steps on the long road to full citizenship.”
Today, a portion of the historic Corinth Contraband Camp is preserved to commemorate those who began their journey to freedom there in 1862-1863. This land now hosts a quarter-mile walkway, which exhibits six life-size bronze sculptures depicting the men, women and children who inhabited the camp.
3. July 2013 05:34
June 14 was a very busy day at the Pearl River Welcome Center in Picayune. The morning included a beautiful flag raising courtesy of special guests Russell Foster and Frank Egger, both veterans who did the honors of raising the American and State flags. Afterwards guests and visitors enjoyed a beautifully decorated flag cake done in red, white and blue. In the afternoon, the center hosted a storytelling time with author Mac McClelland and his wife Charlotte who read “Hopping to Toomey.” The children were overjoyed to hear and learn about the rabbits and the small town of Toomey and enjoy lemonade and other treats. One lucky participant, a young man named Bryce, won an autographed copy of the book.
4. April 2013 08:47
Pike County Welcome Center I-55 North 3 miles from Osyka, Ms will celebrate Confederate Heritage Month starting April 12, 2013 from 10:00 am -1: 00 pm the Daughters of Confederacy will greet tourist dressed in their Civil War period of attire. They will be serving cookies as they talk to the tourists.
April 13-14, 2013 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm the Stockdale Rangers and the Sons of Confederacy will set up tents, cook on site, display weapons, and dress in Civil War period of attire.
16. March 2013 10:58
Richard Swenson, who was born and raised on a ranch in North Dakota but now lives here in Carriere, is displaying his wondrous scrap metal art this month.
When Richard was growing up he lived without modern conveniences, such as running water, electricity and indoor plumbing. He worked, fed cared for, slaughtered and ate the animals, fostering a reality that most people today do not appreciate. He attended a one-room country schoolhouse, but went on to an agricultural boarding school and then served several years as a Navy Seal. Richard continued his education earning advanced degrees in Physics and Mathematics, which he used in his 30-year career in nuclear reactor physics and acoustic research in anti-submarine warfare.
Upon returning to Mississippi, he revived his rapport with the animals. Richard started welding miscellaneous scrap metal parts from his farm equipment in 2000. He welds these scrap (throw-away) parts into the shape of the animals he grew up with. He has had various exhibits at businesses, banks, libraries, art fairs and shows along with museums. Richard’s latest show is here at the Pearl River County Welcome Center in Picayune. Come and see if there might be something you threw away welded into one of his animals.
16. March 2013 05:30
Stop by the Pearl River County Welcome Center on March 30 to see the folk art of Ed Hahn, a former New Orleans resident now living in Carriere, Miss. He is the executive chef of Paul’s Pastry. His passion is food (he has been a chef for 35 years), but his real love is art. Ed has been carving wooden duck decoys since he was a small boy with his grandfather. His grandfather, Earl Bappert, taught him the techniques of repairing the decoys' heads and bodies before each hunting season. Ed had no idea that his love for hunting would turn into this fantastic folk art, also developing his skill in painting and carving. Don't miss Ed and his unique art March 30!
We will have several different displays for viewing and local celebrities to visit with throughout the month, please check our calendar of events and stop by to see us.
21. February 2013 05:05
The staff at the Pearl River County Welcome Center invites you to join us on February 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to interact with local veterans and members of the Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Local Camp 373, Gainesville Volunteers. They will be discussing the Civil War and showing artifacts from the era. Please come and celebrate the day with us and take a few brochures along as souvenirs. Pearl River County Welcome Center, I-59 North, Picayune, Miss., 601.798.8184
15. February 2013 11:09
On February 22, stop by the Warren County Welcome Center in Vicksburg and meet Glenn Taylor and his wife Karen, of Terry, Miss. Tables of relics including weapons, accoutrements, bottles and memorabilia from the Civil War will be on display. Also see authentic period uniforms and antebellum dresses. Free coffee will be served. Warren County Welcome Center, 4201 S. Washington St., Vicksburg, Miss. For more information, call 601.368.4269.
20. November 2012 05:08
Enjoy the outdoors and Mississippi's rich history. Take a trip into the past with a visit to Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, located in Natchez, Mississippi - the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi River. The Natchez were one of the few North American Indian tribes who were ruled by a king. The Natchez king was called the Great Sun, because the Natchez people believed he was descended from the sun. Unlike European kings, Natchez royalty was traced through the mother's bloodline, not the father's. So the son of the Great Sun would not become the next Great Sun -- his oldest sister's son would. The Natchez Great Sun was an absolute ruler, which means that he had the power to make all the decisions for the tribe himself. In reality, though, the Great Sun usually had to listen to the opinions of a council of warriors, priests, and other important Natchez men, because he needed their support. Learn more about this extinct tribe at Grand Village of the Natchez Indians.