Entries by Richard Binhammer

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The Magnolia Life Insurance Company, Mound Bayou, Mississippi

  What is: The Magnolia Life Insurance Company, Mound Bayou, Mississippi What was: Dr TRM Howard owned the Magnolia Life Insurance Company, based in Mound Bayou. In 1952, after Medgar Ever’s graduation and after Myrlie’s sophomore year, the couple settled in Mound Bayou, the all black town in the Mississippi Delta. Medgar became an insurance […]

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Tobacco Farm Barns near Simsbury, CT

What is: Tobacco Farm Barns near Simsbury, CT What was: In June 1944, trains carrying 185 students from Morehouse College in Atlanta arrived in a northern Connecticut town of Simsbury.  The students had arrived to work in the tobacco fields and harvest shade tobacco, then one of Connecticut’s biggest cash crops. These fields and barns are […]

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Strider Academy,Tallahatchie County, Mississippi

What is: The closed Strider Academy, a PK-12 school in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, which operated from 1971 until 2018. What was: The school was established in 1971 as a segregation academy to allow white parents to avoid sending their children to racially integrated public schools.  Strider Academy was named for the sheriff who investigated and […]

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Tallahatchie County Jail, Mississippi

What is: Tallahatchie Sheriff’s Office and Jail, Charleston, Mississippi What was: An imposing man weighing 270 pounds, Strider was the sheriff of Tallahatchie County and a wealthy plantation owner in the heart of the cotton-growing Delta. His property could be identified from miles away by the letters S-T-R-I-D-E-R, which he insisted be painted on the roofs […]

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Intersection of Till and Strider Memorial Highways, Mississippi

What is: Emmett Till Memorial Highway, US 49E intersects with Mississippi Highway No. 32, Henry Clarence Strider Memorial Highway, near Webb, Mississippi What was: An imposing man weighing 270 pounds, Strider was the sheriff of Tallahatchie County and a wealthy plantation owner in the heart of the cotton-growing Delta. His property could be identified from miles […]

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Original Route 66 Roadbed, Hext, Oklahoma

What is: Original Route 66, ghostly and abandoned Route 66 near Hext, OK. What Was: Route 66 has been the path of migrants, dreamers, desperados, and an entire generation of vacationers discovering the way west. America’s Mother Road originally meandered more than 2,400 miles between Chicago and Los Angeles, including nearly 400 miles across Oklahoma. […]

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Lunenburg High School, Virginia

What is: Closed Lunenburg High School. What was: On this site The Lunenburg Training School was founded in 1920 with support from the Jeanes Fund. In 1924, Rosenwald Funds aided in the construction of a larger school and later a shop building. More than 370 “Rosenwalds,” as they are commonly known, were built in Virginia […]