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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The DeSoto County Courthouse is the anchor of Hernando square, designated as a Mississippi Landmark. It was built in 1942 after the previous French Castle courthouse burned in 1940. Learn the history of famed Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto, who explored […]

Gothic Revival-style church through to be the largest church built and owned by African-Americans in Mississippi. Drive-up tours only […]

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The museum provides education programs, as well as exhibits on the history of DeSoto County from past to present, showcasing artifacts and exhibits featuring the history of DeSoto County, Mississippi. Artifacts and displays begin with the arrival of Hernando DeSoto […]

Burns Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center

The Burns Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center, located in Oxford, Mississippi, serves as a cultural center, celebrating the rich history and contributions of African Americans through exhibits, events, and educational programs. By fostering inclusivity and promoting multicultural dialogue, the center […]

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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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Gothic Revival-style church was founded by King Solomon as a mission in 1859, under the name of Mount Pleasant Baptist Association. Drive-by tours only. […]

Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Museum

Bay St. Louis, MS, MS

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Located inside the historic train depot, the Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Museum showcases the cultural and historical significance of Mardi Gras in the region. The museum features Mardi Gras costumes, masks, memorabilia, and exhibits detailing the traditions and celebrations […]

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Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson, in addition to motorcycle sales and service plus riding classes offers thousands of gift items from shirts and jackets to jewelry, collectibles and more. Also featured is a huge outdoor patio with a concert stage beneath the […]

Memphis Minnie, born Lizzie “Kid” Douglas in 1897, is considered by many to be the best female blues singer of all time. She received her first guitar in 1905 as a Christmas present and was among the first twenty performers […]

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Two-story brick Romanesque Revival-style church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in the summer of 1964. Drive-by tours only. […]

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Located just south of Memphis in Southaven, Mississippi, the Veterans Park honors all of our national heroes from the Revolutionary War to those presently serving. The area boasts a beautiful lake, picnic tables and fourteen bronze plaques—representing each war or […]

DeSoto County’s oldest cemetery, established in 1836. By the time of the last major yellow fever outbreak in 1878, there were hundreds of graves, many or most unmarked today. Only six monuments date after 1900. […]