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Abbé Adrien E. Rouquette

Abbé Rouquette (1813-1887), poet and priest, lived as missionary among Choctaw Indians in region of Bayou Lacombe from 1859 till his death. The Choctaw called him "Chata Ima," meaning "Like ...

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Stone Square Lodge No. 8

On August 21, 1879 the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Louisiana issued a charter to Worshipful Master Sterling Barrow, Senior Warden Alexander Gilbert and Junior Warden Alex Bains to organize ...

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Union Baptist Church

Oral tradition recounts a visit by an African American gospel preacher in 1804. He preached the Baptist Christian Doctrine for the first time in West Baton Rouge near the foot of the levee ...

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St. Mary's A.M.E. Church

St. Mary's A.M.E. Church was founded on September 16, 1888 and erected in 1889. August Levert, plantation owner, donated a tract of land to Albert Henderson to build a church under the doctrines of ...

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Israelite Missionary Baptist Church

This institution of worship can trace its roots to the 1890s, but it was formally chartered in 1905. The congregation was established as Israelite Baptist Church of Brusly Landing. The ...

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Le Chemin Militaire

Route used by Civil War troops. It led from Mississippi River over swamp ridges, Indian trails, through Chackbay (Chegby), Thibodaux and Bayou Lafourche areas, Schriever, Gibson, Morgan City, to ...

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  • civil war

New Sight School

In 1921 the Confederate Grove, Garner, Clear Branch, and Mt. Zion community schools consolidated to create the Now Sight School, once located on this site. Established under the Smith- Hughes Act of ...

  • mississippi
  • education

Copiah-Lincoln Agricultural High School

On December 9, 1914, the Trustees of Copiah- Lincoln Agricultural High School had its first meeting and opened its doors to students on September 6, 1915. This building was one of the first buildings ...

  • mississippi
  • education

Mississippi Mills

Site of cotton & woolen mills set up, 1866, by J. M. Wesson. Burnt, 1873; rebuilt, expanded & operated by Col. Ed. Richardson & Capt. Wm. Oliver with 2,000 employees. Closed 1910 & dismantled 1919

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Wesson Hotel

Site of a hotel since 1864, this structure was built ca. 1877. Known originally as the Richardson House, the hotel was owned by Mississippi Mills, a once-flourishing textile mill founded by ...

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Old Wesson Public School

According to its cornerstone, this structure was erected 1889; destroyed by fire 1890; rebuilt 1893." Built in the Romanesque style of Wesson's Miss. Mills, it is now the Oswalt Youth & Com. Center.

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  • education

Houston Stackhouse

Although Houston Stackhouse never became a major name in blues, he played key roles in Delta blues history as a sideman, mentor, and influence. A constant presence in Mississippi and Arkansas blues ...

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  • blues
  • music

Heucks Retreat School

Est. 1880 as one-room, one-teacher school. In 1920 consol. several community schools & became accredited high school. Closed in 1959, students transferred to other schools.Presented by Heucks Alumni, ...

  • mississippi
  • education

Creation of Pike County

On December 9, 1815, the General Assembly of the Mississippi Territory created Pike County from a portion of Marion County and named the new county in honor of Brig. Gen. Zebulon M. Pike, who ...

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War of 1812, Pike County

During the War of 1812, General William Carroll, en route to New Orleans, marched his Tennessee Militia through Pike County, crossed the Bogue Chitto River north of Holmesville and camped ...

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  • war of 1812

Site of Ruth School

Ruth School, offering grades 1-10, was established with Smith-Hughes Foundation Endowment funds at this site in 1924 by consolidation of the community schools of Eaton, Providence, ...

  • mississippi
  • education

Bayou Sorrel Indian Mound

Bayou Sorrel Indian Mound is one of the most prominent in Atchafalaya Heritage Area. Archaeological investigation in 1913 by Clarence Moore include artifacts from Tchefuncte, Marksville, Baytown, ...

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  • cemetery
  • native american

Baton Rouge

 Capitale de l'état. Nommée par Iberville en 1699 d'après le nom indien Iti Humma ou "Baton Rouge". Village fondé en 1721. Passé sous le contrôle des Anglais de 1763 à 1779 et des Espagnols de 1779 ...

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Oaks Plantation

At the time of the Louisiana Purchase this tract of land belonged to a Madame Patin. In 1838 her heirs sold the tract to Jesse Patrick. Patrick purchased the neighboring southern property from Aurore ...

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  • plantation

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

French side =Cette communauté religieuse fut instaurée le 19 mars 1835 par acte de législature de l'Etat de Louisiane et nommée «L'Eglise de St Jean Baptiste de l'Ouest Baton Rouge» A cette époque ...

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Isles Dernieres (Last Island)

English sideOver 200 persons were killed when a giant tidal wave hit last island, 45 miles south of Houma, on June 10, 1856. The resort was a playground for southern aristocrats. Fishermen (with ...

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  • disaster

Holmesville

Two mi. N. Named for Maj. A.H. Holmes; second county seat of Pike Co., 1816-1875. It declined when bypassed by railroad, 1857. Cemetery contains graves of Rev. War soldier Peter Quin and other early ...

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Felder Campground

Established in 1843 by eight founders at Gatlin's Camp Ground on the Bogue Chitto River, Felder Campground is among the oldest religious camp meeting sites in the United States. Also known ...

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Fair Oak Springs

Fair Oak Springs consolidated school opened on this site in 1927. The campus consisted of a school building, gymnasium and teacher's home. The school offered an education for the children of the Fair ...

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  • education

Bogue Chitto Church (Carter's Creek)

Formed 1812. At original site, 6 mi. W., first Miss. Baptist Convention organized, 1824, with 73 churches, 27 clergy, & 2,392 members lasting until 1829.

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