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African-American Heritage

Rudy Shields Memorial

Rudy Shields Memorial Located at Campanella Park at the corner of 7th and Martin Luther King Drive in Yazoo City, the Rudy Shields Memorial honors the civil rights activist responsible for over 30 boycotts in the state, including one in Yazoo City.  He was also active in voter registration.  Shields is buried in the New Hope Church Cemetery in Benton.

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Woodbine

Woodbine Hwy. 433, 2 miles west of Bentonia Built in 1841, this antebellum house has been completely restored to its original splendor. Woodbine was built by John and Louraine Johnson and named for the profusion of Virginia creeper that grows in the surrounding woods. This impressive house is set far back on a rise in a beautiful woodland. Woodbine Plantation was home to famed Bentonia bluesman Nehemiah “Skip” James.

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Wash Rose Building

Wash Rose Building 431 South Main Street Yazoo City, Mississippi Wash Rose, a former slave, came to Yazoo City from South Carolina in 1866 and started a blacksmith shop in this two-story brick building, circa 1870. With its heavy, tall arched and shaped parapet and denticulated cornice, this is one of the oldest remaining commercial buildings in Yazoo City, having survived the Fire of 1904.

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Starling-Wilburn House

Starling-Wilburn House 1416 Bell Road Yazoo City, Mississippi inaccurate creditgreenwoods personal credit Historically known as the Mosely-Woods house, this house was built ca. 1860 and purchased by William Mosely in 1880.  It is one of the oldest African American residences continuously owned by the same family in the Yazoo City area.  This house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

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Civil Rights March

Civil Rights March In front of Oak Grove A.M.E. Church, Hwy 16 East beyond Benton, Mississippi In June 1966 a march for voting rights, en route from Yazoo City to Jackson, camped here while passing through Benton.  The marchers, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were provided food and water by members of the Oak Grove A.M.E. Church and by members of the Woods family, who owned property next to the church.

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Bethel A.M.E. Church

Bethel A.M.E. Church 214 S. Monroe St. Yazoo City, Mississippi Organized in 1868, Bethel is the oldest African American congregation in Yazoo City.  After affiliating with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the congregation moved to this site in 1890.  Designed by A.S. King, Bethel A.M.E. is one of the earliest brick churches built by African Americans in Mississippi, and is the only downtown Yazoo City church building left standing after the fire of 1904.  Although the building has had alterations, Bethel retains its historic Romanesque Revival tower, whose steeple is clad in sheet metal panels stamped to resemble shingles. Download the Yazoo City Historic Churches Self-Guided Tour in PDF format here!  

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Yazoo County CVB

Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 186
110 N Jerry Clower Blvd, Suite S
Yazoo City, Mississippi 39194
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