Historical Markers in
Hinds County, Mississippi

Ace Records Battle of Raymond Bear Creek Methodist Church Belhaven Historic District Belhaven University Benjamin Whitfield Big Black River Bridge Bobby Rush Bombings in Jewish Community Bowen's Counterattack Boyd House "The Oaks" Bridgeport Plantation C.M. and I. College Capitol Rally Carter Jewelers Cassandra Wilson Champion House Site Champion's Hill Change of Plans Charge of the 2nd Michigan Charley Patton Birthplace Church of Christ (Holiness) USA Clinton Clinton Cemetery Clinton Methodist Church Cockrell's Counterattack COFO Confederate Burial Ground Confederate Cemetery Confederate Cemetery Contested Crossing Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) East Clinton Historic District Edwards Hotel Eudora Welty Eudora Welty House Fairview Inn Final Plans at Cayuga First Presbyterian Church Fortenberry-Parkman Farm Fortification Street G.I. Subdivision Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church Gillespie Farm GM&O Freight Depot Greater Mt. Calvary Chapel Greenwood Cemetery Greyhound Bus Station H.C. Speir Hawkins Field Terminal Hillman College Indian Trading Post Ishmon Bracey Jackson City Hall Jackson Municipal Library Sit-In Jackson State College Jackson State Tragedy Kate McWillie Powers Memorial Kennington's Mansion Lampton Estate M.W. Stringer Grand Lodge Malaco Records Manship House Margaret Walker Medgar Evers Home MFWC Headquarters Midway Station Millsaps College Mississippi College Mississippi's Old Capitol Moody's Branch Formation Mount Helm Baptist Church - Original Site Mt. Helm Baptist Church Mt. Moriah Noel House North to the Railroads Old Auburn Old Capitol Old Towne Historic District Original SEC Office Otis Spann & Little Johnnie Jones Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church Pocahontas Mounds Pocahontas Mounds Provine Chapel Queen of Hearts Raymond Courthouse Raymond Presybterian Church Roy Burkett Field Scott Radio Service Company Shady Nook Smith Park Smith Robertson School St. Mark's Episcopal Church St. Mark's Episcopal Church Summers Hotel & Subway Lounge Sylvandell Tanglewood Temple Beth Israel Terry The Alamo Theatre The Battle of Champion Hill The Chatmon Family Mississippi Sheiks The Clinton Duel The Clinton Massacre The Clinton Riot The "Cotton Bale" Battery The Eagle and Bowman Hotels The Gowdy Community The Hill of Death The Jackson Volcano The McCoy Brothers To Clinton and Jackson Tougaloo College Tougaloo College Town Spring Trumpet Records Union Battery Position Utica WLBT-TV Woolworth's Sit-In
The Mississippi River, which forms the western border of the state, is the longest river in North America.
Hinds County, Mississippi, has a rich history that spans centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Choctaw and Chickasaw, who relied on the fertile land for hunting and farming. European explorers arrived in the region in the 16th century, with the Spanish establishing a presence in the area. However, it was not until the early 19th century that Hinds County began to take shape as a permanent settlement.

In 1821, Hinds County was created as one of the original counties in the newly formed state of Mississippi. The county was named after Thomas Hinds, a prominent Mississippi pioneer and early political figure. The county seat, Jackson, was established shortly thereafter and quickly became a center of government, commerce, and industry. The presence of the Pearl River provided opportunities for transportation, further contributing to the growth and development of Hinds County.

During the antebellum period, Hinds County played a significant role in the cotton industry of the Deep South. The county's vast plantations relied heavily on enslaved labor, with African Americans making up a substantial portion of the population. This history of slavery and the agricultural economy would leave a lasting impact on the culture and demographics of the county for generations to come.

Following the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, Hinds County experienced periods of social and political turbulence. The county became a center of Civil Rights activism during the 20th century, with notable figures like Medgar Evers, a civil rights leader, making significant contributions to the movement. Today, Hinds County continues to be a vibrant and diverse community, with a blend of historical landmarks and modern developments that reflect its varied past.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Hinds County, Mississippi.

  • 1821 - Hinds County is established as one of the original counties in Mississippi.
  • 1832 - The city of Jackson becomes the county seat of Hinds County.
  • 1863 - During the American Civil War, Hinds County is occupied by Union forces.
  • 1875 - The Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman Farm, is established in Hinds County.
  • 1960s - Hinds County becomes a major center for the civil rights movement in Mississippi.
  • 2010 - Hinds County celebrates its bicentennial anniversary.