MissPres News Roundup 8-1-2017

Let’s jump right into this week’s roundup.

The homes of white Edwards, Mississippi, resident Zeith Tupperfield, left, and black Edwards resident Sam Jordan, right, were both assessed at $1,000 on the town’s 1967 land assessment roll. Credit: Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson

History professor Andrew Kahrl tracks racial discrimination through the tax assessor’s office.  This article provides interesting insight concerning race and property ownership and cites several Mississippi examples in Edwards and Waveland. It also touches on the history of beach segregation and the formation of separate black leisure spaces in the Jim Crow era and how those places declined.


The beach in Biloxi, Mississippi is much like any other: palm trees, piers, sparkling water, white sand. But in the 1950s & 1960s, the beach wasn’t open to everyone—until a group of African Americans waded into the water to fight against segregation.

A similar story of note was run by The History Channel website about the Biloxi Civil Rights wade-ins. Mississippi State University Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) recently was awarded a $100,000 grant for a project that will commemorate the wade-ins and encourage public dialogue about civil rights. According to the article the project is titled “Witnessing the Beach” and will work with the community to create exhibits and events about the wade-ins. The GCCDS will create movable platforms that can taken to different wade-in sites for events.


Balloon Test for future communication tower, West Central Historic District. Biloxi Harrison County. 2007 Image courtesy MDAH.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation’s historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy) has issued a streamlined alternative for the Section 106 review process concerning the installation of cellular service towers on federal land. Section 106 is a review process that ensures historic properties are considered during the development of any federal project.



1271 Antique Lane, Brookhaven, Lincoln County. TBrown, MDAH 2010.07.30 from MDAH HRI database accessed 8/1/17

If you’ve ever traveled up and down interstate 55 past Brookhaven you might be familiar with the subject of this next article. The Daily Ledger article gives some of the more recent history of the Henry Strong House.


Ending on a good note Dockery Farms in Sunflower County between Cleveland and Ruleville has been named a Mississippi Landmark by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.  According to a press release from MDAH, the Mississippi Landmark designation is the highest form of recognition bestowed on properties by the state and offers the fullest protection against changes that might alter a property’s historic character. You can learn more about the Mississippi Landmark program here.


The former sawmill and plantation, established in 1895, is credited as the location where blues music was born due to many early blues musicians having worked there.



Seems like a quiet week preservation-wise to me. What’s the preservation news from your neck of Mississippi?

Categories: African American History, Biloxi, Brookhaven, Civil Rights, Civil War, Cleveland, Cool Old Places, Delta, Historic Landscapes, Historic Preservation, Mississippi Landmarks, Waveland


2 replies

  1. You might want to check your links to MDAH articles at the bottom of the page. They don’t go to MDAH sites.


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