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Yazoo County African-American Heritage Tour

Yazoo County African-American Heritage Tour

Tour length: Approx. 5 hrs.

Arrive at Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau Office and Visitor Center

Travel to Oakes African American Cultural Center
(UPDATE: The Oakes House is currently closed for renovations. We will update you as soon as the Center has re-opened, hopefully by mid/late 2015. Stay tuned.)

Tour Oakes African American Cultural Center
(A showcase of the African American Culture in Yazoo County)

Stop in front of Ubon’s Restaurant, Visit Gatemouth Moore’s Blues Trail Marker

Stop in front of St. Francis, Visit St. Francis Mission School Marker

Stop in front of Yazoo City Amtrak Platform, Visit Tommy McClennan’s Blues Trail Marker

Leave for Bentonia, Mississippi

Lunch at Hall of Fame Restaurant (or other group choice)

Arrive at the Blue Front Cafe

Hear the History of Bentonia Style Blues told by Jimmy Duck Holmes

Bentonia Style Music performed by Jimmy Duck Holmes,

Stop by and view the 3 MS Blues Trail Markers in Bentonia, MS
-Blue Front Cafe
-Skip James
-Jack Owens

Leave for Next Destination

Some Other Available Attractions:

  • Civil Rights March Historical Marker: Location, Oak Grove AME Church, Benton MS.
  • Yazoo Pass Expedition Historical Marker: Location, Mike Espy Dr.
  • Starling Wilburn House: Location, Bell Road.
  • Wells Ranch: Location, Bentonia area (off Old Dover Road)
  • Rudy Shields Memorial: Location, Campanella Park (corner of 7th and Dr. MLK Jr. Dr. in Yazoo City)
  • Tour the Sam Olden Yazoo Historical Society Museum
  • more available – call to discuss your groups interests and needs – 800-381-0662 or Contact Us


  1. I am interested in an African American tour of Yazoo City. There will be 8 of us. My deceased father is from Yazoo City, MS. He was born in 1926. The son of Marion Johnson and Vera/Vivian Burks. I know his old address is 513 Ridge Rd. Is the tour still 5 hours or shorter since the Cultural Center is closed. What time does the tour start? Can you please send me any information that you may have concerning the tour.

    We will be visiting in middle October.

    Thank you.

    Yvonne Strickland

    • Thank you for your post, Yvonne. Certainly, with the Oakes House being closed for renovations, the tour would be a bit shorter. There are other options, though. Please give us a call so that we can help you plan your tour – 662-746-1815 or 800-381-0662.

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Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 186
110 N Jerry Clower Blvd, Suite S
Yazoo City, Mississippi 39194
Toll Free: (800) 381-0662
Phone: (662) 746-1815
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