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The 19th century town of Carrollton, with its well-preserved square and antebellum architecture, has served as the filming location for numerous movies: "Home From the Hill" (1960), "The Reivers" (1969), "Ode to Billy Joe" (1976), "Minstrel Man" (1977), "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" (1978), "Mississippi Burning" (1988), and "The Help" (2010).
On opposite sides of the road are the historic Old Carrollton Cemetery and Bear Marsh Cemetery.
The Carrollton Community house is a fine example of WPA construction and architecture. Built in 1936, it is constructed of native pine logs.
Carthage City Cemetery is the oldest known cemetery within the boundaries of Carthage, Mississippi. The earliest known burials in the cemetery occurred in 1837.
Carthage represents a unique pattern of development from the start of a settlement created for the newly created county seat in a new county, to that of a small city which still serves as a county seat in a rural county. Despite being a rural county, and lack of rail service to the city, Carthage has grown steadily over the years and serves as the historic center of Leake County.
The Carver Culture Museum consists of three rooms: Carver, Picayune, and National Black History. The Carver Room contains artifacts, books, pictures, desks, graduation programs from 1943 to 1970, teachers' pay scales, instruments, jerseys, band uniforms and more. The Picayune room has pictures, such as, of Black establishments from back in the day and pictures of children from 1954 to 1955, as well as, pictures of current and past businesses, and photos of doctors, lawyers, poets, inventors and more.
A famous ballad, the folklore of American railroading, and a postage stamp commemorate the colorful and courageous engineer who was killed in a train wreck here in 1900.
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Now you can share in the rich heritage of the success story of catfish farming in the Mississippi Delta. Located in the renovated IB&B Depot, the Catfish Museum and Visitor's Center is an education in the rich heritage of the success story of catfish farming in the Mississippi Delta. Admire hand crafted exhibits by state artisans of the renowned Mississippi Craftsmen's Guild along with an entertaining video presentation showing the complete story of the catfish from fingerling to frying pan. Be amazed by "King Cat," the world's largest catfish, measuring over forty feet. Don’t miss the remarkable creativity of sculptures fashioned from spawning cans, hatchery tanks, and seining nets. In fact, the city of Belzoni boasts the largest collection of outdoor sculpture per capita in the State. Visitor Center and Museum is open Mon through Fri 9a.m. - 5p.m.
42 Fiber glass catfish, 5' tall, are on display in Belzoni. Each catfish is uniquely designed. Over 45 local artists participated in this unique public art project.
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