1821: Franklin Academy, Mississippi’s first free public school, opens in Columbus

Sketch of Franklin Academy
Sketch of Franklin Academy

1821: Legislators move seat of government temporarily to Columbia

Stovall Springs Hotel Desk
Stovall Springs Hotel Desk

Image:  Desk from the Stovall Springs Hotel, government meeting place in Columbia.

1821: Jackson established as state capital

Map of Jackson, 1822 (MDAH Collection)
Map of Jackson, 1822

Charged with determining the site for the state capital, Thomas Hinds, William Lattimore, and Peter Van Dorn recommended LeFleur’s Bluff on Pearl River. The Legislature ordered the three commissioners to survey the new city, named after General Andrew Jackson.

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1821: Hinds and Monroe Counties created

Map of Mississippi, ca. 1824 (MDAH Collection)
Map of Mississippi, ca. 1824
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