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Lowndes County Data Dashboard

Demographic data that helps add context to many historical events.

Lowndes County

Lowndes County was founded in 1830. With a population over 61,000, Columbus is the county seat and largest city of Lowndes County. As of 2000, the population was 61,586. Lowndes was named for U.S. Congressman William Jones Lowndes who once […]

Monroe County

Located on the Alabama state line between Lowndes and Lee counties, lies a rural county called Monroe. The county is 764 square miles. It contains two larger towns, Aberdeen, the county seat, and Amory, as well as several smaller communities […]

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

Shiloh was organized by Christian slaves. Land for the church was chartered in 1821. Sources: African American Heritage Driving Tour of Lowndes County

Union Academy

The first free school for African-Americans in Columbus, established in 1877. Sources: African American Heritage Driving Tour of Lowndes County

Missionary Union Baptist Church

Missionary Union Baptist is the oldest African-American Baptist church in northeast Mississippi. Organized in 1833. M.U. was and continues to be a dominant force in the black community. Sources: African American Heritage Driving Tour of Lowndes County

Concord CME Church

African-American church established in Lowndes County following the Civil War in 1867. The congregation met beneath a large tree prior to building in 1908. Sources: African American Heritage Driving Tour of Lowndes County

The Haven

The Haven is an antebellum structure built by two brothers, Isaac and Thomas Williams. Both were free men of color, black men who were not slaves. When the Williams brothers settled here in 1840 there were about 1,200 free men […]

Stringer, Dr. E.J.

Dr. E.J. Stringer was president of the state NAACP, and, at one time, had his dental office in an upstairs office on Catfish Alley as did Dr. Isaac Brown, the first African American doctor in Columbus. Sources: African American Heritage […]

Catfish Alley

In the late 19th and early 20th century Catfish Alley was the nexus of black commercial life in Columbus. Though historians are uncertain of how the block-long strip got its name, theories include the tendency of African-American commercial fishermen to […]

Sandfield Cemetary

In 1865, the year the Civil War ended, the population of Columbus was 6,000. By 1870 with the emancipation of slaves, that number had ballooned to 9,000. Most of those freed slaves settled in Sandfield, an area sandwiched between the […]