History in Mississippi

Mississippi is a state that’s rich with history. On our soil, one of the most defining battles of the American Civil War was fought, and the heroes and martyrs of the civil rights movement continued their struggle for freedom and equality. Our cultural impact is recognized throughout the state, as well, with hundreds of historic markers on our Freedom Trail, Blues Trail, Country Music Trail, and Literary Trail.

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This beautiful 1842 Greek revival mansion was designed, according to architect William Nichols, “to adhere to plain republican simplicity.” The mansion is the second-oldest continuously occupied gubernatorial residence in the United States. The home is a National Historic Landmark. […]

Highway 61 Blues Museum, Leland
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A small blues museum honoring the Mid Mississippi Delta bluesmen striving to educate the public on the their contributions to music all over the world. […]

The Black History Gallery was founded in 2001 by Hilda Casin, a Mississippi educator for over 50 years. The gallery contains the most comprehensive collection of Black History images, personal narratives, and artifacts for McComb and Pike County Mississippi. […]

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Evidence of a once robust Jewish community, the cemetery dates back to 1864. The Confederacy build a crescent-shaped fortification on the property.  On May 19 and 22, 1863, it was the site of fierce fighting and bloodshed. In 1864, the […]

Bethel AME Church

Vicksburg, MS

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The first African Methodist Episcopal Church in Mississippi and the first Masonic Lodge in Mississippi were organized here in 1875. In 1890, Campbell College, the first African American College in Mississippi established without the aid of whites, operated out of […]

Beulah Cemetery

Vicksburg, MS

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The only African-American cemetery in the city was established by the Vicksburg Tabernacle # 19 Independent Order of Brothers and Sisters of Love and Charity around 1884. There are more than 5,500 graves scattered across the grassy tree-studded cemetery, which […]

Farish Street
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The district is made up of residences and diverse businesses and was placed the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The district includes over 690 listings in the National Register of Historic Places. There are vernacular architectural examples representing […]

Canton Multicultural Center and Museum

The Canton Multicultural Center and Museum celebrates the diverse cultures and contributions of the citizens of Canton and Madison County to the history of the city, state, and nation. The museum’s permanent exhibit focuses on the history, family life, business […]

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site in Baldwyn, Mississippi, marks the Confederate victory in the 1864 Battle of Brices Cross Roads, where General Nathan Forrest’s outnumbered troops halted Union General William Sherman’s advance. Visitors can explore the battlefield’s preserved landscapes […]

The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, also known as Medgar Evers House, is a historic house museum at 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive in Jackson, Mississippi. Built in 1956, it was the home of African-American civil rights activist […]

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Oldest church building in Vicksburg with cornerstone laid in 1839. Services held daily during the Siege of Vicksburg. Interior noted for simple beauty and Tiffany windows. First rectory destroyed by shelling. The Congregation continued to be a vibrant body. […]

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This Greek Revival-style home is the oldest continuously occupied residence in the city. Built around 1853 by Jackson Mayor James H. Boyd, it survived the devastating fire of 1863. The home may have served as headquarters for General William T. […]