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Chartered in 1821, Columbus, Mississippi, was originally part of Monroe County. With the signing of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek nine years later, Columbus found itself in the newly formed Lowndes County. The name Columbus was given to the settlement by Silas McBee as early as 1819. Columbus has been a pioneer in many areas: the first public school in Mississippi, Franklin Academy; the first public college for women in the country, Industrial Institute and College (now Mississippi University for Women); and the first celebration of Decoration Day (now Memorial Day). Columbus even served as the state capital in 1865 when Union forces occupied Jackson during the Civil War. Columbus is also the birthplace of several national figures, such as playwright Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams (1911–1983); boxer Henry Jackson Jr., or Henry Armstrong, (1912–1988); Walt Disney artist Joshua Meador (1911–1965); and sports announcer Walter Lanier "Red" Barber (1908–1992).
ISBN: 9780738588063
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Mississippi
Series: Images of America
Images: 213
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Mona K. Vance, archivist with the local history department at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, selected images that best represent the city's vibrant and distinctive history from the department's archives. Explore the numerous businesses, families, cultures, celebrations, amusements, and organizations that played a role in creating Columbus's rich past in Images of America: Columbus. T he Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.
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