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Tour takes you on a journey of significant African-American landmarks such as Sandfield Cemetery, Catfish Alley, and Union Academy. Brochure available at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center.
300 Main St.
Columbus, MS 39703
Phone: 662.329.1191
Fax: 662.329.8969
Toll-Free: 800.327.2686
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Yes

Honors musician Gus Cannon, Robert Wilkins, and Jim Jackson. Gus Cannon was born in Red Banks, MS and buried in Hernando.

Located at 400 West Park Street in Hernando, “Beale Town Bound” Blues Trail Marker is one of four markers located in DeSoto County.


www.msbluestrail.org or www.sodesoto.com


c. 1868. The oldest African-American church in Grenada; Site of Civil Rights meetings.
Corner of Pearl St. and Water St.
Grenada, MS 38901
Phone: 662.226.3613
Hours: Sun 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Or by appointment
Admission: Free

Big Walter Horton, also known as Walter “Shakey” Horton was born in Horn Lake, moved to Memphis as a child and then on to Chicago where he first appeared on the blues scene in the late 1950’s. A quiet, unassuming and essentially shy man, Horton is remembered as one of the most influential harmonica players in the history of blues. His career encompassed playing blues joints in the Mississippi Delta during the 1920’s and 30’s, to studio recordings with groups like Fleetwood Mac and Johnny Winter in the 1970’s.

Located on East Center Street in Horn Lake, Big Walter Horton’s Blues Trail Marker is one of four markers located in DeSoto County.




Display of memorabilia and artifacts relating to black history with focus on religion and education.
1109 Meigg St.
Corinth, MS 38835
Phone: 662.665.8500
Toll-Free: 1.866.539.8500
Hours: Thu-Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free, But donations accepted
c. 1867. African-American church established in Lowndes County following the Civil War. The congregation met beneath a large tree prior to building in 1908.
113 Concord Rd.
Columbus, MS 39703
Phone: 662.328.3356
Fax: 662.329.8969
Toll-Free: 800.327.2686
Hours: By appointment only
Admission: Free
This impressive interpretation center features exhibits that explain military and civilian experiences during the Civil War. Also includes exhibits relevant to African-American heritage.
501 W. Linden
Corinth, MS
Phone: 662.287.9273
Fax: 662.287.9660
Hours: Sun-Sat 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Closed Christmas Day
Admission: Free
In 1862, a contraband camp was built at Corinth to house escaped slaves seeking refuge with the Union Army. The 600-acre camp had a successful working farm, church, commissary, hospital, school and housing area. As many as 6,000 people resided in what was considered a "model camp." The 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment of African Descent was recruited from the camp for service in the Union Army. The present site is comprised of 21-acres with pedestrian promanade. Bronze figures depicting life in the camp will be added beginning in November 2008.
North Parkway St.
Corinth, MS 38835
Phone: 662.287.8300
Fax: 662.286.0102
Toll-Free: 800.748.9048
Hours: Daily, Dawn to Dusk
Admission: Free
The final resting place for many noted African-Americans who played important roles in Holly Springs and the South.
W. Boundary St.
Holly Springs, MS 38635
Phone: 662.252.3232
Admission: Free

Explore the history of DeSoto County from the early Native Americans who once lived in the area through Civil War battles that effected DeSoto County. The museum provides educational programs, as well as modern day information on all the cities in DeSoto county, including celebrities from the area such asJohn Grisham and Jerry Lee Lewis. Browse the 1840s restored log cabin.

111 E. Commerce
Hernando, MS 38632
Phone: 662.429.8852
Fax: 662.429.8852
Hours: Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free, donations accepted

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