Catfish Alley

In the late 19th and early 20th century Catfish Alley was the nexus of black commercial life in Columbus. Though […]

Concord CME Church

African-American church established in Lowndes County following the Civil War in 1867. The congregation met beneath a large tree prior […]

Lowndes County Data Dashboard

Demographic data that helps add context to many historical events.

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 […]

Sandfield Cemetary

In 1865, the year the Civil War ended, the population of Columbus was 6,000. By 1870 with the emancipation of […]

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

Shiloh was organized by Christian slaves. Land for the church was chartered in 1821. Sources: African American Heritage Driving Tour […]

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 […]

The Haven

The Haven is an antebellum structure built by two brothers, Isaac and Thomas Williams. Both were free men of color, […]

Union Academy

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