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.

*Photo from 2010. Unfortunately, a portion of this building collapsed in 2018.

  1. This is my great granddad Wash Rose, I’d love to learn more about him and connect with kin.

    • Wash Rose was my great-grandfather. As I understand the history, as told by my grandmother, He came to Yazoo City after the Civil War and set up a blacksmith shop. He was captured in Africa and enslaved in South Carolina. He made extra money working as a blacksmith and was able to buy his freedom, so he came to Yazoo City as a free person. His first wife died after giving birth to 6 or 7 children. He remarried and had another 5 or 6 children. My grandmother was from his first wife; her name was Margret Rose Campbelle. She married R. B. Campbelle and raised two children, R. B. jr. and Marguerite (my mother) in Nashville, TN. She graduated from Clark University in Atlanta in 1912, and died at approximately 108 years. My great aunt was from his second wife; her name was Helen P. Rose. She never married and was the dorm supervisor at Ayer Hall at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. I have several cousins in Nashville who have a more complete history. I am currently living in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

  2. I am the granddaughter of Wash (Washington)Rose. I was there in Yazoo visiting several years ago to research my dad, grandfather and grandmother’s genealogy and history. It was then that I discovered that my grandfather and dad worked together as blacksmiths. I saw this building. It was in disrepair at the time. It now looks as though it has been renovated. I’m so glad. Is there a plaque with his name on the building?

    I am confused about one statement however. While I was there I visited a museum that had just opened. It looked like a converted house. There was a lady there who gave me a tour. I shared the information with her that I had been searching for about my granddad. She then introduced me to an elderly man who happened to be there at the same time who she thought might have some answers for me. Unfortunately, I don’t remember his name. He was tall, white, with platinum white hair. I introduced myself and told him that I was looking for information on my grandfather. He asked his name and to my surprise he said he knew my grandfather, actually knew him. He called him Wash and told me that he was a “free man.” He said nothing about him being a slave. I realize that since he was born in 1832 at some point he must have been a slave. But I have been searching for papers or evidence of some kind to show that he was free and I haven’t found anything. If you have any ideas of where I might be able to find any info about his freedom please let me know. He also was a Mason but I haven’t been able to verify that either. Thank you. Cynthia Daniels

    • Hello, Ms. Daniels. We would be glad to help in any way we can. Please call us at 800-381-0662 and we’ll give you some information. Thanks so much for your comment! Hope to see you in Yazoo soon.


    • There are civil war reports that have him helping make the underwater mines used to sink Yankee gunboats along side two men Mr goose and Mr White

  3. LaVergne Randolph, Jr Can we connect please? Thank you very much, Charmika Schuster
    202 329 7212

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