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July 12: Mound Bayou, Mississippi known as “the Jewel of the Delta”, was founded by Joe Davis and other formerly enslaved Africans, 1887
By Black365.com
Published July 12, 2021

July 12, 1887 – Mound Bayou, Mississippi, perhaps the nation’s best known historically all-Black town, is founded by ex-slave Isaiah Montgomery and his cousin Benjamin T. Green. It was built as a sanctuary for former slaves during a period when Jim Crow racism and terrorism by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan were on the rise. It is considered the oldest surviving all-Black town in America. According to the 2000 Census, the town had 2,100 residents.

July 12: Mound Bayou, Mississippi known as “the Jewel of the Delta”, was founded by Joe Davis and other formerly enslaved Africans, 1887

 

 

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