Portraits

Dr. A. H. McCoy

On June 15, 2011, in Photographs, Portraits, by Amanda
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Dr. A. H. McCoy. Call Number: PI/1986.0029, No. 1 (MDAH Collection)

Dr. A. H. McCoy. Call Number: PI/1986.0029, No. 1 (MDAH Collection)

Many Jacksonians associate the name of Dr. A. H. McCoy (1903-1970) with the federal building located downtown. It was indeed named for Dr. McCoy in 1984, making the structure the first federal building in the country to be named for an African American. His remarkable life and accomplishments prompted a local grassroots movement to name the building after him.

McCoy was born in Jackson where his parents operated a large dairy farm near present day County Line road. He attended Tougaloo College and Meharry Medical College in Nashville. In 1930, McCoy returned to Jackson and started a dentistry practice. It was located near the corner of Farish and Capitol Street, on part of the present day site of the federal building. In addition to his successful dentistry practice, McCoy co-founded the Security Life Insurance Company in 1938, two movie theaters, and helped develop the Farish Street business district. McCoy was also active in the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP.

Sources:

“McCoy, A. H.,” Subject File, MDAH.

“Jackson Federal Building, Dr. A. H. McCoy Building,” Subject File, MDAH.

Farish Street, March 21, 1944. Call Number: PI/1999.0001, No. 201 (MDAH Collection)

Farish Street, March 21, 1944. Call Number: PI/1999.0001, No. 201 (MDAH Collection)

The Daniel, Al Fred, Photograph Collection (PI/1999.0001) has been added to the Digital Archives! The collection is comprised of 586 photographs showing scenes in Jackson and other areas of the state from the late 1800s to the 1970s. These images are a sampling of the unique treasures in this collection.

Girl and tung nuts at Dixie Tung Oil Company, October 7, 1938. Call Number: PI/1999.0001, No. 397 (MDAH Collection)

Girl and tung nuts at Dixie Tung Oil Company, October 7, 1938. Call Number: PI/1999.0001, No. 397 (MDAH Collection)

Judge Paul B. Johnson, Sr. Call Number: PI/1999.0001, No. 479 (MDAH Collection)

Judge Paul B. Johnson, Sr. Call Number: PI/1999.0001, No. 479 (MDAH Collection)

Boy Scouts. Call Number: PI/1999.0001, No. 560 (MDAH Collection)

Boy Scouts. Call Number: PI/1999.0001, No. 560 (MDAH Collection)

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Remembering Veterans: War of 1812

On May 18, 2011, in Artifacts, Portraits, by Amanda
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In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, we will be highlighting collections related to the military history of Mississippi and veterans who served the state beginning with the territorial militia in 1797 through World War II (the most recent engagement for which we have collections). Special thanks to Jim Pitts, of the MDAH Government Records section, for compiling the military records and their descriptions and to Nan Prince, Museum Division, for compiling the artifacts.

Andrew Jackson. Accession Number: 1969.4 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

Andrew Jackson. Accession Number: 1969.4 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

The War of 1812 began on June 12, 1812 when the United States declared war on Great Britain. The Americans disputed the British practice of impressing American sailors into the Royal Navy and other trade and border issues. The Mississippi Territorial Militia was called into action in 1813 against the British-allied Creeks and later against the British themselves.

Compiled service record of War of 1812 soldier. Call Number:   (MDAH Collection)

Compiled service record of War of 1812 soldier. From: National Archives microfilm; compiled service records of Mississippi Territorial units.

This image is a compiled service record card of a soldier in Major Thomas Hinds’ battalion of mounted riflemen (Mississippi Territory Militia) who fought with Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815. It is from the National Archives microfilm of the service records of Mississippi territorial units, which is available to view on microfilm at MDAH.

"Unidentified man." Call Number: PI/CW/P67.8, No. 24 (MDAH Collection)

"Unidentified man." Call Number: PI/CW/P67.8, No. 24 (MDAH Collection)

The Civil War Portraits collection (PI/CW/P67.8) is now available to view online. It consists of thirty portraits of unidentified men and one woman. Many of the men are in uniform, as seen above.

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Albert G. Brown. Call Number: PI/COL/1983.0026 (MDAH Collection)

Albert G. Brown. Call Number: PI/COL/1983.0026 (MDAH Collection)

The Mathew Brady Portraits Collection (PI/COL/1983.0026) is now available to view online! The collection consists of portraits of L. Q. C. Lamar, Jefferson Davis, John A. Quitman, and other distinguished Mississippians who lived during the 19th century. Click the link above to go to the Brady Collection catalog page, then click “Create set of down-linked records” to see the list of digitized portraits.

"Confederate Veterans, Survivers of Harrisburg Battle July 14, 1864." Call Number: PI/2002.0017, No. 8 (MDAH Collection)

"Confederate Veterans, Survivers of Harrisburg Battle July 14, 1864." Call Number: PI/2002.0017, No. 8 (MDAH Collection)

The Ruth Menhel Photograph Collection (PI/2002.0017) shows scenes and individuals related to the Civil War battles at Brice’s Crossroads and Harrisburg. It consists of ten black and white photographs. Click the link above to go to the Menhel Collection catalog page, then click “Create set of down-linked records” to see the list of digitized photographs.

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