Isaiah T. Montgomery House - Mound Bayou
Built in 1919 for Isaiah Tecumseh Montgomery, the only African-American delegate to the 1890 Mississippi Constitutional Convention, the house stands an important historical marker in the town of Mound Bayou. After Montgomery's death in 1924 the home was used for nursers, teachers, and a private residence.
A Save America's Treasures grant was secured through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and matched by the Mississippi State Legislature and the African American Heritage Preservation Grant Program for exterior renovations totaling more than $110,000. Planning is currently underway to determine the best course of action for the building.
In June, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that the Isaiah T. Montgomery House has been named as one of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the United States.
“The Isaiah T. Montgomery House stands as a testament to not only one man’s perseverance, but the ultimate success of his community in the face of unrelenting racism and hardship facing African Americans,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “By naming the site to the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list, we hope to shed light on this important piece of Mississippi history, and continue to expand the narrative around Mississippi's ongoing struggle to come to terms with the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.”
The National Historic Landmark Isaiah T. Montgomery House stands as a testament to African American resilience and economic self-sufficiency in the early 20th-century South.
The IT Montgomery House is a symbol of the extraordinary achievement of Isaiah T. Montgomery and his work founding the Mississippi town of Mound Bayou, one of the earliest all-black municipalities in the United States.
The Mississippi Heritage Trust and Knights and Daughters of Tabor are working to restore the rapidly deteriorating Isaiah T. Montgomery House, raise awareness about the historical significance of the house, and identify resources to restore the building as both a symbol of the perseverance of Isaiah T. Montgomery and Mound Bayou, and a cultural center where contemporary issues of race, equality and justice can be explored.