On a sunny (and sometimes cloudy) Sunday afternoon, Michelle Childres and I toured the small town of Port Gibson, Miss., as one of our #HistoryHunting adventures. The town, which is located about 30 miles south of Vicksburg, Miss., is steeped in history.
"After a Union victory in 1863, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant said Port Gibson (pop. 1,840) was ‘too beautiful to burn’ and left it alone. Grant’s triumph at the Battle of Port Gibson began his successful campaign to capture Vicksburg." – AmericanProfile.com
|Claiborne County Courthouse in Port Gibson, Miss. |
Michelle Childres is in the lower right corner.
“Port Gibson, Mississippi, the county seat of Claiborne County, is located sixty miles southwest of Jackson and forty miles northeast of Natchez along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
“Chartered as a town on March 12, 1803, Port Gibson is Mississippi's third oldest settlement, being occupied in 1729. Port Gibson was the site of several clashes during the American Civil War and was important during Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg Campaign. The Battle of Port Gibson occurred on May 1, 1863.
|Michelle Childres, "history hunter" from Louisiana.|
|Capturing the moment.|
The Port Gibson Boycott Mural
The “Boycott” photos show the mural commemorating the 1966 economic boycott, led by the local chapter of the NAACP, of majority white businesses in Port Gibson and Claiborne County. The Mural artist: Robert Dafford. – The Library of Congress
|Mural of the Port Gibson Boycott.|
|Michelle Childres reading about the Port Gibson Boycott.|
|Relishing the view.|
|A moment of contemplation.|
|Standing with them.|
The Bernheimer House
This house in Port Gibson, Mississippi, part of the "Bernheimer Complex" of antebellum buildings of various architectural styles. It is now the Bernheimer House bed-and-breakfast inn. – Library of Congress
|Strolling through history.|
|Taking it all in.|