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C.S.S. Arkansas

C.S.S. Arkansas West Broadway Yazoo City, Mississippi Launched on July 14, 1862 from the Navy Yard in Yazoo City, the ironclad ram “Arkansas” commanded by Lt. Isaac N. Brown successfully engaged the combined Union fleets on the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers.  She met the Union vessels “Queen of the West,” “Tyler,” and “Carondelet” on July 15, 1862.  The “Arkansas” ran past thirty-nine Union vessels on her way to Vicksburg, helping to end the first exclusively naval siege of Vicksburg.  The ironclad was scuttled north of Baton Rouge on August 5, 1862, to prevent capture by Union forces.

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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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B.S. Ricks Memorial Library

B.S. Ricks Memorial Library 310 N. Main Street Yazoo City, Mississippi 662-746-5557 Visit Ricks Memorial Library (Yazoo Library Association) on Facebook  Built in 1900 and given to the Yazoo Library Association by Mrs. Fannie Ricks in memory of her husband, this example of Beaux Arts Classicism continues to serve Yazoo City and County as a public library.  The Ricks Memorial Library was the first property in Yazoo County and the first public library in Mississippi entered on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is the oldest public library building in the state still in use, and has also been designated a Mississippi Literary Landmark in recognition of its association with author Willie Morris.

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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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Glenwood Cemetery

Glenwood Cemetery, located in Yazoo City, dates back to at least 1856.  A stone marker notes the cemetery property was given to the city by Capt. John Willis and his wife Annie.  A simple marker is placed before a large plot near the creek where the bodies of many Confederate soldiers are buried.  An early newspaper article says they died in the Civil War hospital located on South Main Street.  Located not far from the fountain in Glenwood is a grave surrounded by chain links.  This is known as “The Witch’s Grave.”  The legend of the Witch that burned Yazoo City in 1904 became famous in a book written by Willie Morris.  Morris’ grave is located 13 steps south of the Witch’s grave. Tours are available for groups or individuals, but must be scheduled in advance. Fees may apply. The Yazoo County CVB (Visit Yazoo) can assist your group with

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Bank of Yazoo City

Bank of Yazoo City mortgages The bank was formed in 1876 by Yazoo County businessmen to aid in recovery of the area’s cotton planters after the Civil War.  It is the oldest financial institution in Yazoo County.  

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