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Month: October 2018

Phillips County Enters the War

The year 1861 saw much division in the state of Arkansas.  Many people around Arkansas were excited about the idea of seceding from the United States.  However, there were just as many families living in the mountains and hill regions of Arkansas that were against it.  Phillips County was listed as being in support of… Read More ›

Tunica and Coahoma enter the Civil War

On January 20, 1861, Mississippi State troops under orders from Governor John J. Pettus occupied the unfinished U.S. fort on Ship Island in the Gulf of Mexico.  One day later, the Congressional delegation from Mississippi withdrew from Washington with Senator Jefferson Davis being the last to leave.  The Army of Mississippi was organized on January… Read More ›

Dubbs, Mississippi

Dubbs was founded in 1873 and first known as Slab town.  Slab town drew it’s name because the buildings were made of slabs from the nearby saw mills.  The new name came from the hickory tree.  Children in the community called the twin nuts produced by the hickory trees dubbs, so the people decided to… Read More ›

Maud, Mississippi

Maud was a flag stop on the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad about 8 miles south of Tunica.  It was originally called Busby when a post office was located there in 1899.  When it was found that there was already a post office called Busby, the place name was changed to Maud.  Maud was named… Read More ›

Dr. Johnson’s Home

Dr. and Miss Hal Glenn Johnson of Dundee built their home in the Old English rambling type architecture.  It was built of Klinker brick and is copied form an Old English home in England.  It had hand hewn timbers in the sun parlor and entrance that led to the living room.  The home was beautiful… Read More ›

Uncle Henrys

In 1926, the Clarksdale Elks Club built a large two story lodge on Moon Lake.  There were rooms for people to stay on the second floor and a kitchen and eating place on the first floor.  The club was built on the Yazoo Pass and faced Moon Lake.  Members would come up on the weekend… Read More ›

Lula Rich School Annual 1941

Lula Rich School had a long and rich history.  Children from Lula, Rich, northern Coahoma county, and southern Tunica County attended it.  This annual is special in that it was on the verge of World War II.  Many of the young men who are pictured in the school annual would serve in that conflict.  

Delta Family Grocery

My family came to the Lula area around 1940 and started a farm on Flea Harbor Road. Flea Harbor Road is on the Tunica and Coahoma County line.  The Mississippi Delta offered only a few pathways to having a better life in those days.  You either farmed or became a merchant. My Grandfather, James “Jimmie”… Read More ›

Coahoma Invincibles: Company B, 11th Mississippi

The Coahoma Invincibles were organized in Friars Point in Coahoma County, Mississippi.  Their officers were Captain Samuel N. Delany, First Lieutenant L.D. Suddoth, Second Lieutenant Tidinee L. Johnson, and Third Lieutenant John F. Cox. Samuel N. Delany listed his profession as lawyer; Lt. Johnson was a farmer; and John F. Cox was a lawyer.  Among… Read More ›

The Union Army Marches into Helena

In 1862, the Union Army under General Samuel Curtis marched into Helena, Arkansas. They would remain until 1866. Thousands of African Americans would flee to Helena because they knew freedom was there. The Battle of Helena took place on July 4, 1863. Helena was the starting point for the Yazoo Pass Expedition in an attempt… Read More ›

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