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Mound Bayou Survey & National Register Nomination

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

client

City of Mound Bayou

Location

Mound Bayou, Mississippi

Background

Mound Bayou, Mississippi, is one of the first incorporated African American towns in the United States. It is of national importance because it represents the many towns established by African Americans after the Civil War that no longer exist. Established in 1887 by two former slaves, Isaiah T. Montgomery and his cousin Benjamin Green, it had the country's only African American-owned cottonseed mill, a bank, a railroad station, a newspaper, a telephone exchange, many churches and schools, and many African American-owned businesses and industries. Nearly everyone in Mound Bayou could read and the community had a very low crime rate.

While only a few of the historic buildings remain today, one can still understand what the historic community was like when in it's prime.

Role

Bruce Judd Consulting Group served as the primary consultant responsible for the City and Bruce D. Judd, FAIA was the principal-in-charge for the project.

Scope of Work

The project included surveying the city and all of the remaining historic buildings in the town, background research on the history and architecture of the community, completing survey forms and submitting them to the Mississippi State Department of Archives and History. The Mound Bayou Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on September 11, 2013.

 
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