A MDAH Publication | Volume 46 No. 7 | July 2004
Bowman House Marker Dedicated
A historical marker at the site of two hotels in downtown Jackson was dedicated on Friday, May 14. From 1832 to 1856 the Eagle Hotel stood on the corner of State Street and Amite where the Standard Oil Building now stands. Andrew Jackson stayed there during his visit to the city in 1840.
The Bowman House was built on the site in 1857 and burned in 1863. It was the site of frequent political and social events and served briefly as headquarters for both Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.
MDAH Gathers Information on Notable Women's Sites
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is participating in a nationwide search for historical sites associated with notable women. The information from each state will be compiled and used in the establishment of the Museum of Women's History in New York City as well as on that organization's Web site. All sites submitted must be open to the public. Gravesites are eligible, but if a cemetery contains the graves of several prominent women it should be listed as a single entry with brief information about each woman included. All submissions must be made by August 15, 2004.
MDAH would also like information on significant sites that are not open to the public, such as homes of notable women. This list will be posted on the MDAH Web site, along with the site information gathered for the national museum.
Anyone with questions or wishing to recommend a site should contact Chrissy Wilson, MDAH, at 601/ 576-6857 to request a submission form. Forms may also be printed from the department's Web site.
The Museum of Women's History will be located in Manhattan. The ten-story, 125,000-square-foot building will house permanent exhibition galleries and state-of-the-art interactive permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits. Other projects will include an oral history program, a library, and archives.
Winson Hudson, 1917-2004
Civil rights activist Winson Hudson, a native of Harmony, Mississippi, died April 26 at the age of eighty-seven. Hudson and her sister, Dovie, established a Leake County branch of the NAACP in 1961. In 1963, Hudson became one of the first African Americans to register to vote in the county, after years of rejection. In 1964 the sisters pushed the first school-desegregation lawsuit in a rural Mississippi county. Winson Hudson also worked to improve health care and to bring early childhood education to Leake County. The Head Start center there now bears her name.
by the Mississippi Department of Archives
and History Elbert R. Hilliard, director Chrissy Wilson, editor