A Rich History

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it all started with 840 acres...

In 1887 Isaiah T. Montgomery and his business partner, Benjamin Green, purchased 840 acres of swampy land for $7 per acre. On the land sat a large, prehistoric Indian Mound, determining the name of the future town, Mound Bayou. On July 12, 1887 Mound Bayou was incorporated, and stands today as one of the oldest African-American incorporation's in the United States. 

Mound Bayou played host to notable historic figures including Booker T. Washington, who visited frequently, and Theodore Roosevelt, who in 1907, spoke from the back of a train praising Mound Bayou. 

The town of Mound Bayou continued to flourish, eventually 

 

By 1912 the city of Mound Bayou had...

  • 22 Dry Good and Grocery Stores 
  • 3 Restaurants 
  • 3 Shoe Shops 
  • 2 Real Estate Companies 
  • 1 Hotel 
  • Cemetery 
  • Brick Factory 
  • 2 Sawmills 
  • 6 Cotton Gins 
  • Bank 
  • Cottonseed Oil Mill 
  • 3 Schools 
  • 6 Churches 
  • Post Office