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.

Charnley-Norwood House

Ocean Springs , MS

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Take a walk back into history and explore an historic house designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1890. […]

The Mississippi Blues Trail – Gulfport Boogie – Gulfport was once home to an active rhythm & blues scene, particularly here in the North Gulfport area. Jaimoe, famed drummer with the Allman Brothers Band, was raised in Gulfport, as was […]

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 […]

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In September 2006, St. Mary’s Catholic Church celebrated 100 years, a feat of endurance in itself and beyond all imaginings and hope for those who started the church in 1906. Drive-by tours only. […]

Cedar Grove Mansion Inn

Vicksburg, MS

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A magnificent 1840 Greek Revival mansion overlooking the Mississippi River on 5 acres with formal gardens, gazebos, fountains and courtyards. A Union cannonball is still lodged on the parlor wall. Call to schedule a tour. […]

McRaven Tour Home

Vicksburg, MS

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History Tours are offered daily and Haunted Tours every weekend at one of Vicksburg’s top attractions. Known as “Mississippi’s Most Haunted House,” featured on The Travel Channel and Destination America, Come visit as our history will haunt you. […]

Big Walter Horton, also known as Walter “Shakey” Horton was born in Horn Lake on April 6, 1918, moved to Memphis as a child and then on to Chicago where he first appeared on the blues scene in the late […]

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Born in 1874, Gus Cannon was an American blues musician who played the banjo, “played the jug” and who helped to popularize jug bands (such as his own Cannon’s Jug Stompers) in the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote and first […]

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Located in Jim Saucier Memorial Park, this monument is dedicated to the Mississippians who shed their blood on the world’s battlefields. It was erected by the DeSoto Chapter 80 Military Order of the Purple Heart. […]

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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 […]

The Williams F. Winter Archives and History Building is the second oldest state archives department in the country. It houses U.S. Bureau of Census records, private collections, news footage, microfilmed newspapers, state government documents, historical maps and photographs. […]

Delta Blues Museum

Clarksdale, MS

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Since its creation, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved, interpreted, and encouraged a deep interest in the story of the blues. Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, […]