DeWeese Lumber Company

The DeWeese Sawmill and Mercantile Store, owned by A. B. DeWeese, came to Philadelphia with the railroad in 1905. DeWeese Lumber Company was one of the largest employers of African-Americans in the county. In 1966, DeWeese Lumber Company was sold to Weyerhaeuser Company.

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Neshoba County: African-American Heritage Driving Tour of Philadelphia Mississippi.