Molly's Country Memories

Molly's Country Memories

The memories and happening in the everyday life of a country girl

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Historic Photos of Mississippi

I know that any of you who follow my blog, knows how much I love the history and stories of the great State of Mississippi, My Grandparents on both sides called Mississippi home, before it was called a State.
I have several Coffee table book on the history of Mississippi, 1 about the great Piney Woods area, the History of the Railroad in MS and also one on the Founding of Brookhaven formally known as Ole Brook.
But I'm here to tell y'all about a book I found this weekend, called the Historic Photos of Mississippi by Anne B. McKee
Mrs. McKee is a literary artist and she has spent hours and hours researching the different Historical Archives in the State, taken pictures from old archives that have never been seen before and researched the history and story behind each and everyone, she turned them into a story that you can get lost in, most books tell a story of our history adding a few picture, but you are left to try and visualize the history, Mrs. McKay being a true artist in her field, has filled this book with pictures of history and real folks and told the story to go with them, you see what t
he people saw, you feel what they felt, you feel the pain of the Civil War. During the Siege of Vicksburg, you are right there. During the Great Flood of 1927 you are there.....
You float back to the days of the Civil War and travel forward in time to the 1970's .
Passing through ....
The Civil War and Survival...1860-1899
The Joy of the golden age...1900-1919
Depression years and Singing the Blues...1920-1939
War in Europe and Struggle at Home.....1940-1970
She tells the real story of Mississippi and it's people , not the story so many people believe to be true.
Did you know that on July 8th 1889 sports history was made in the small sawmill town of Richburg, this was the site selected for the last professional bare-knuckle championship boxing match between John L Sullivan and Jake Kilrain?....neither did I. But in this book I got to see these two boxers in the ring and learned all about the fight....
or that during the Civil War a covered bridge over the Pearl River in Jackson was used to corral prisoners of War.
You feel like you are there during the Terrible flood of the great Mississippi in 1927, through these pictures you are stranded on the roofs and standing in the food lines waiting for relief. Your there for the drought of 1930.....
It takes us through the dark days of the Civil war, the depression and the civil rights movement of the 60's and 70's
Mississippi is the home of some of the literary greats, like William Faulkner, and Eudora Welty, the Delta is the home of the Blues with greats like Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and MS is home to great singers like Conway Twitty, Jimmy Rogers, I could go on and on about this book, but I will say, if you live in MS or know some one who did, this is a book they will love and you will too, it is one I will display on my coffee table for years and I plan on buying 3 more, 1 each for my boys.
If you love history, even if you don't live in MS it is a must have read. there is a lot in here that you will is the true south at it's best.
You can check this book out at Amazon or at barnesandnoble
I can't recommend this book enough. So go and buy you one, grab a large glass of ice tea, curl up in the swing and float away to another time and place....


  1. That sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for telling about it.

  2. Well you know the rivalry between Mississippi and Louisiana, but against the rest of the world we stick together, I got to get a copy of that book, I remember hearing about the Great Flood, my daddy got typhoid and nearly died and they were stranded at the place known as Refugio since it was the only high spot.

    Of course we went to visit so many Civil War battlefields and I got to sit on "The Widow Blakely," the famed cannon of Vickburg...

    Mississippi is indeed a fascinating state.

  3. Molly, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful book. I'd love to have a copy, and will definitely check it out the next time I'm in Barnes and Noble.

    I'm also glad to know about "The Widow Blakely." I saw it once when I was on the lookout photographing the bridges in Vicksburg, but didn't notice the plaque telling about its role in "The Siege." I may go back and get a picture and do a blog post about it sometime.

    Thanks, again, for sharing the book with us.


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