Browsing: History

Learn about Mississippi’s rich history and the people who lived it.

A scholarship established by a University of Mississippi alumna and her family is helping ease the burden for pharmacy students from rural areas while also strengthening health care options for rural Mississippians.

The Eugene B. Polk Pharmacy Scholarship, created by Gary and Susan Cantrell, already has helped its first recipient, Simpson County native Stephen Rayborn, through the professional program at the School of Pharmacy.

Happy 60th anniversary to the local chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the America Revolution!

Lucedale’s Declaration of Independence Chapter was formed in 1963. Its members have verified and documented their heritage to a revolutionary patriot or person who assisted in the effort for the American Colonies to declare freedom from Great Britain during the American Revolutionary War.

Belhaven University is one of the eight Christian colleges in the state of Mississippi. Located in the heart of Mississippi’s capital, Jackson, Belhaven offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to ambitious students who seek to broaden their education as well as their discovering their God-given calling in this world. 

Lucedale and surrounding communities have been tuning into local radio station WRBE for 63 years.

WRBE first aired Sept. 3, 1960. “I remember the day well,” lifelong resident JoAnn Weaver said. “It was the Saturday before Labor Day in 1960,” Weaver said. “I had stopped by the post office and had received a letter from Mil asking me for our first date. I had the radio on and heard it that day.” Mil is her late husband, a long-time respected attorney in Lucedale.

It’s been almost 50 years since Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson burst through the doors of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and frantically described their story of being plucked from the bank of the Pascagoula River by creatures from another world. 

Douglas, also known as Old Douglas, was a dromedary (one hump) camel, who was part of the 43rd Mississippi Infantry, Company A, nicknamed The Camel Regiment. His grave marker is among the 5,000 markers for Confederate soldiers in the Soldier’s Rest section of Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, Miss.