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Center of the Blues Universe
c. 1868. Meridian's oldest African-American Baptist church.
Center recognizes the cultural heritage, trials and achievements of African-Americans in Yazoo County. Formerly the residence of A. J. Oakes, who played a vital role in the education of African-Americans in Yazoo City.
Founded in 1902 by Wallace A. Battle to educate African-Americans and closed in 1965.
Oprah Winfrey Road runs north of Hwy 12 past Oprah Winfrey's first church, her family cemetery and the site of her birthplace.
c. 1898. Two-story brick Romanesque Revival-style church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in the summer of 1964.
In the 1840s, slaves from plantations at Plum Ridge, Wildwood Locust, and Swiftwater built the levee that can still be seen from Bayou Road and Lela Lane.
Come see, hear and read about the Tragic Fire of 1940 where over 200 people lost their lives while dancing to the music of the famous orchestra band of Walter Barnes.
Final resting place of a well educated, free, African-American elected to the Mississippi Senate during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War.
This Blues Trail Marker honors Robert Nighthawk, American blues musician born on Nov. 30, 1909. A blues musician, Nighthawk played and recorded under the pseudonyms Robert Lee McCoy and others. He was born in Helena, Arkansas, but grew up in Friars Point, MS.
Location was formerly a plantation. Contains archives and related articles on African-American history and education.
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