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Baptist Industrial College Marker

West End District of Hernando
662-429-8852
www.desotomuseum.org

Founded in 1900 by the North Mississippi Baptist Educational Convention, the college was the first school in DeSoto County to offer instruction through grade twelve to African Americans and one of the earliest private schools for African Americans in north Mississippi. The school closed in 1960.

"Beale Town Bound" Mississippi Blues Trail Marker

400 West Park St
662-393-8770
Open year round
www.msbluestrail.org

This Blues Marker honors Hernando musicians Gus Cannon, Jim Jackson and Robert Wilkins, who helped establish Memphis as a major blues center in the 1920s.

Gus Cannon was born in nearby Red Banks in 1883 or 1884 and buried in 1979 in Hernando. Gus was a banjo player who also “played the jug.” He wrote and first recorded the song, “Walk Right In,” which became a number one hit in 1963 for the Greenwich Village folk group, the Rooftop Singers.

Jim Jackson was born in Hernando in 1878, placing him among the earliest-born artists to record blues. His most famous song, “Jim Jackson’s Kansas City Blues,” was widely covered by other artists. Jackson died in Memphis in 1933.

Robert Wilkins first met Gus Cannon and Jim Jackson in 1912 while they were performing together at Mary Cotton’s Place in the West End of Hernando. Wilkins recorded eight singles including “Rolling Stone.” In the late 1930s, Wilkins became a Church of God in Christ minister and in the 1960s, he began performing his blues-inflected gospel music on the blues revival circuit. He remade his blues recording “That’s No Way to Get Along” into the gospel song “Prodigal Son,” which was subsequently covered by the Rolling Stones on their Beggars Banquet album.

DeSoto County Confederate Monument

Located in the Old Hernando Memorial Cemetery
2846 Magnolia Drive
662-429-8852
Open year round from dawn to dusk
www.desotomuseum.org

Hernando Memorial Cemetery has one of the state’s oldest monuments dedicated to the Confederate dead, erected shortly after the War Between the States in 1875. Hernando Memorial Cemetery has the largest number of Confederate graves in DeSoto County with 100 marked graves and a mass grave for 60 soldiers.

DeSoto County Courthouse

2535 Hwy 51 South
662-429-5011
Open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
www.hernandoms.org

The DeSoto County Courthouse is the anchor of Hernando square, designated as a Mississippi Landmark, was built in 1942 after the previous French Castle courthouse burned in 1940. Learn the history of famed Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto, who explored this area in 1541 – 1542, through the restored paintings that depict Hernando DeSoto’s voyage to discover the Mississippi river.

DeSoto County Genealogical Society Library

3260 Hwy 51 South
662-429-1310
Email: msgwsc [at] gmail [dot] com
www.msgw.org/desoto

This extensive library is available to visitors Monday through Wednesday from 10:00am to 2:00pm and Thursday and Friday, by appointment only. Referral to local researchers for private research is also available.

DeSoto County Museum

111 East Commerce Street
662-429-8852
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am - 5pm
www.desotomuseum.org

Explore the history of DeSoto County from the early Native Americans who once lived in the area through Civil War battles that affected DeSoto County. The museum provides education programs, as well as modern day information on all the cities in DeSoto County, including celebrities from the area such as John Grisham and Jerry Lee Lewis. Browse the 1840's restored log cabin. Free Admission.

DeSoto County Welcome Center

3685 I-55 South
662-429-9969
Open seven days a week, 8am-5pm
www.visitmississippi.org/wc--desoto.aspx

DeSoto County Welcome Center architecture reflects the antebellum South, including details such as moldings, trim and brickwork common to the antebellum period. A great place to find out about current events, activities, news and also pick up brochures and guides about all of the interesting and exciting destinations in DeSoto County and Mississippi. 

The Welcome Center staff stands ready to answer any questions you have and can even help you make lodging reservations. They also offer wireless internet connections. For more information, call 662-429-9969.

Gus Cannon’s Gravesite

Oak Grove M.B. Church Cemetery
2451 Hwy 51 South
Open year round
662-393-8770

Born in 1874, Gus Cannon was an American blues musician who played the banjo and “played the jug” and who helped to popularize jug bands (such as his own Cannon's Jug Stompers) in the 1920s and 1930s.  He wrote and first recorded the song, “Walk Right In,” which became a number one hit for the Greenwich Village folk group, the Rooftop Singers in 1963.

Springhill Historic Memorial Garden Cemetery

NW corner Oak Grove Road and Robinson Gin Road
662-429-8852
Open year round
www.desotomuseum.og 

DeSoto County's oldest cemetery, established in 1836. By the time of the last major yellow fever outbreak in 1878, there were hundreds of graves, many or most unmarked today. Only six monuments date after 1900. A historical reenactment of people buried in the cemetery takes place each year, close to Halloween.

For additional information about the history of Springhill Cemetery, visit www.springhillfriends.org/HISTORY.htm

 

Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 27th

2:00pm

Confederate Memorial Service and Picnic

Wednesday, May 7th

11:00am - 1:00pm

DeSoto County Welcome Center Tourism Appreciation Day

Tuesday, June 10th

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall