State Historical Markers: The Magnolia State

This month we’ll highlight our State Historical Marker program by featuring markers that are associated with the month of October from around the state. The photographs of the markers are by Gerald Johnston, who in an amazing feat, photographed most of the historical markers in Mississippi. Used with permission.

Located on U.S. Hwy. 90 at Alabama state line, north side of road (Jackson County)

This marker doesn’t have an October date, but we liked it because of the way it succinctly summarizes Mississippi’s colonial and territorial history. It’s all there in a nutshell!

Historical markers commemorate historic events, places, and people from Mississippi history. Over 800 have been placed at sites throughout Mississippi. For more information about historical markers and sponsor application forms, visit the State Historical Marker webpage. Special thanks to William Thompson, coordinator of the marker program, for compiling the October markers.

Digital Archives Maps

Maps Available to View Online

Map MA/2000.0010(b)
Call Number: MA/2000.0010(b) MDAH Collection

Archives staff has scanned and linked more maps to their online catalog records. View them online by clicking the links below, then click “Link to Electronic Resource” to view the image.

Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, 1872

Link“A Sketch of Carroll County showing the lands of the state bid in for taxes for 1861”

Louisiana and Mississippi, and part of Arkansas, 1871

Map of lands formerly of the estate of Andrew Brown, Natchez, now R. F. Learned,” 1872

“Map of the rebellion, as it was in 1861 and as it is in 1864” from Harper’s Weekly, 1864 (pictured above)

Mississippi, 1873

Mississippi, 1887

Mississippi City Harbor, by United States Coast Survey, 1857

“New railroad and county map of Arkansas, Louisiana & Mississippi,” 1883

“Preliminary sketch of Mobile Bay” by United States Coast Survey, 1851

Richmond, Virginia, 1861

Museums & Historic Sites

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Historic Jefferson College

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Old Capitol Museum (Jackson)

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Old Capitol Museum

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Paper Archives

Election of 1868

Ephemera Collection, 1868 (uncatalogued) MDAH Collection
Ephemera Collection, 1868 (uncatalogued) MDAH Collection

These election tickets are from the election of 1868, which put to a vote both a new state constitution and the elected officials to carry it out. The Democrats (“Against Constitution,” at left) opposed the constitution, which prohibited former Confederate leaders from serving in office and enfranchised all adult males. The Union Republicans (at right) approved of the new constitution, but they were defeated in a close election, and the constitution was rejected. In 1869, after intervention from President Ulysses S. Grant, an altered constitution passed and James Lusk Alcorn was elected governor, followed in 1870 by Mississippi’s readmission to the Union.

Source: Westley F. Busbee, Jr., Mississippi: A History (Wheeling, Illinois: Harlan Davidson, Inc., 2005), 155-58.

Digital Archives Maps

New Maps Linked to Catalog

Call Number: MA/2002.0228(a) MDAH Collection

The archives staff has scanned and linked more maps to their online catalog records. This means that you can view them online as Zoomify JPEG files! Click on the links below to go to the map’s catalog record, once there click “Link to Electronic Resource” to view the map.

Bolivar County, survey of townships, 1881

Columbus, 1876

Columbus city plan, mid 1800s

Ctaw (Copiah County), 1838

Greenwood, early 1800s

Jackson, map of Capitol grounds, 1875

Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, 1870

Mississippi, 1873

Mississippi, 1882

Mississippi, 1885

Mississippi, 1890

Mississippi, 1899?

Southern States (pictured above), 1878

Synod of Mississippi, showing Presbyterial boundaries, 1892

Synod of Mississippi, showing Presbyterian destitution, 1892

Tishomingo City plan, late 1800s

Vicksburg, 1871

Vicksburg Harbor and proposed works, 1877

Vicksburg Harbor and Mississippi River, 1888