The people who shaped Mound Bayou
Isaiah T. Montgomery
- Screened settlers, who came to this new town, carefully to encourage men and women who were good farmers and managers to inspire the best for the community.
- Promoted the "sanctuary" concept inspiring a beacon of hope.
- During the first year, built a church and a school for inspiration to the developing community.
- Founded Campbell College in 1887, affiliated with AME church, inspiring desire for advanced education.
- Gave oration at Mississippi State Constitutional Convention in 1890 entitled "Our Great State Mississippi" to inspire racial peace.
Booker T. Washington
- Visited Mound Bayou, October 10, 1908, and called the town "the capstone of his Mississippi tour...the only place where a band of music met us", thus inspiring community and racial pride.
- Endorsed Mound Bayou nationally as an example of African American progress via the Tuskegee Machine.
- Collaborated with I.T. Montgomery and Charles Banks in the social, economic, and political arenas.
Organized the Booker T. Washington tours that inspired national exposure of the city of Mound Bayou
Chief Lieutenant of the Tuskegee Machine
Opened the Bank of Mound Bayou in 1904
When the bank closed in 1914 by state regulators, Mr. Banks opened the Mound Bayou State Bank in 1915.
Followed his father as Chief Grand Mentor of KDT in 1926.
Enrolled 40,000 members in the Mississippi benevolent organization (KDT).
Spearheaded 12 years of fundraising activities among farmers and sharecroppers to accumulate capital of $100,000 to build a hospital.
Built and opened the Taborian Hospital in 1924 fully staffed by trained Black physicians, nurses and administrators. The hospital became the single greatest employer in Mound Bayou.
Collaborated with KDT to expand healthcare in the Delta
Orator and lecturer at Meharry Medical School, focusing on creating Black surgeons.
Developed the site that provided 22 years of new training opportunity for Black surgical residents.
Recommended Dr. T.R.M. Howard as Chief Surgeon at the Taborian Hospital.
Developed model for Comprehensive Care Clinics across America from which the Delta Health Center in Mound Bayou has grown.
Established the Regional Council of Negro Leadership
Introduced Medgar Evers