1887: Isaiah T. Montgomery founds Mound Bayou, independent African American town, in Bolivar County

Photo album of Mound Bayou (MDAH Collection)
Photo album of Mound Bayou

Montgomery was born a slave on a Vicksburg plantation owned by Joseph E. Davis, elder brother of Jefferson Davis.

Image:  This image is from the Milburn J. Crowe Photograph Album, which documents the Montgomery family and other residents of Mound Bayou.

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