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Property Name Mound Bayou Historic District
Reference Number 13000735
State Mississippi
County Bolivar
Town City of Mound Bayou
Street Address Roughly bounded by Martin Luther King Avenue on the north, the Mound Bayou cemetery on the east and southeast, South Street on the south, and Davis Street on the west.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/11/2013
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Mound Bayou is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places for statewide significance under Criterion A for association with Community Development and Planning, Ethnic History: Black, Commerce and Social History. The district is eligible under Criterion B for association with Isaiah T. Montgomery, the community founder. Because it was founded by freed slaves after the Civil War with no assistance from other communities, what was accomplished is very significant and was accomplished under extremely difficult conditions. The founders and those that carne after them started with a wilderness and created over many years, a thriving self-sufficient community.


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