Historic Trail Markers

Civil Rights Trail
Civil Rights Trail

The Civil Rights Era was a time of activism that changed America forever. This movement toward voting rights, educational and employment opportunities, and racial equality encountered resistance and often violence. Although the dark days of this period continue to define Mississippians to the rest of the world, Freedom Summer workers remember Mississippi as a catalyst for change.

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Civil War Trail
Civil War Trail

For many years residents of Meridian, Mississippi, regarded Valentine's Day not as an occasion for hearts and flowers, but as the anniversary of the day they lost everything. On February 14, 1864, General William T. Sherman and a Union force of 20,000 entered Meridian, intent on destroying it. Its position at the junction of two railroads made Meridian a key link in an important Confederate supply line and a tempting target for Sherman's wrath.

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Musical Legacy Trail
Musical Legacy Trail

We know music. It's in our blood, it's in our bones. It's why the very first trail marker along the Mississippi Country Music Trail was unveiled here, in honor of the Father of Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers. It's why we're also home to a number of markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and it's why Meridian means live music all the time and legendary musicians everywhere you look.

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