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Catfish Capitol Visitor Center – Belzoni, Mississippi

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The Catfish Capitol Visitor’s Center in Belzoni, Mississippi. Belzoni is located in Humphrey County, Mississippi, and is commonly called the “Catfish Capital” of the state.  Catfish farming is an important commodity for Mississippi’s economy, as more than 117 catfish farms are located there.  Humphrey County contains 35,000 acres of ponds averaging 6,000 catfish per acre.

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Oldest Slave Founded Town in Mississippi – Mound Bayou, Mississippi

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Mount Bayou, MS.jpgOldest Slave Founded Town in Mississippi – Mound Bayou, Mississippi

Tracing history of the former slaves of the area can be an interesting journey.  This journey may take you to Mound Bayou which was founded in 1887 by Isaiah T. Montgomery and his cousin, Benjamin T. Green.  These two men were both former slaves of Joseph Emory Davis.  The community is situated halfway between Vicksburg, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee off of Highway 61.  It is the oldest bastion of Black municipal government in the South.  The community is also the oldest black city in the United States.

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Rock ‘n Roll & Blues Heritage Musuem – Clarksdale, Mississippi

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'n Roll & Blues Heritage Musuem - Clarksdale, Mississippi.jpgRock ‘n Roll & Blues Heritage Museum – Clarksdale, Mississippi

Have you heard of Bessie Smith and Blind Lemon Jefferson and the other blues singers of the 1950’s?  At this museum there are 78 RPM’s of these great blues singers on display.

There are also early Rock ‘n Roll artifacts from the likes of Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Little Richand and of course, Elvis.  Don’t miss those of Buddy Holly, Bo Diddly and others that are there.

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Mississippi John Hurt Home/Museum – Carrollton, Mississippi

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John Hurt museum.jpgMississippi John Hurt Home/Museum – Carrollton, Mississippi

You will want to take the time to visit the Mississippi John Hurt Museum which is the actual home of the late Mississippi John Hurt built the 1800’s. Take the two hour tour which includes the museum, home, church, historical marker, gravesite and Old Community Store where MS John Hurt played.

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Wister Gardens – Belzoni, Mississippi

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Wister Gardens.JPGWister Gardens – Belzoni, Mississippi

Enter the fairyland of gardens when you come to the Wister Gardens and their 14 acres of flowers, trees and shrubs.

Designed by Frances Chiles Henry and Wister Henry in the era of 1937 the garden was developed for the beautification and enjoyment for all that stroll through the Garden.

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The Ethel Wright Mohamed Stitchery Museum – Belzoni, Mississippi

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Family_small1.jpgThe Ethel Wright Mohamed Stitchery Museum – Belzoni, Mississippi

Ethel Wright Mohamed was often referred to as Mississippi’s Grandma Moses of stitchery.  She was born in 1906 and died in 1992 leaving behind a fabulous array of stitchery telling the stories of her family’s life.

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The Catfish Capitol – Belzoni, Mississippi

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catfish.jpgThe Catfish Capitol – Belzoni, Mississippi

Have you ever thought about visiting a Catfish Capitol?  You can in Belzoni.  Here the newly renovated IB&B Depot has displays and exhibits as a testament to the history and culture of the land and the people of the area.

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Oakes African-American Cultural Center – Yazoo City, Mississippi

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Oakes African-American Cultural Center.jpgOakes African-American Cultural Center – Yazoo City, Mississippi

The Cultural Center features many prominent blacks who were successful in education, medicine, business, church, agriculture and all area of community life.

The Center is housed in the home of a previous businessman and educator, A.J. Oakes.  The house is listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places.

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Delta Blues Museum – Clarksdale, Mississippi

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Delta Blues Museum.jpgDelta Blues MuseumClarksdale, Mississippi

The museum is there to preserve, interpret and encourage a deep interest in the story of the blues.  Established in 1979 the Delta Blues Museum is the states oldest music museum.

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Mississippi Vacation

Capital River, Coastal, Delta, Hills, Pines

Mississippi Vacation.jpgPlanning a vacation in Mississippi presents opportunities to appeal to everyone’s interest in your family.  Mississippi offers urban city vacation opportunities, countryside vacations, historic and recreational trips, to musical entertainment or riverboat gambling.

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