Poplarville, Mississippi

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Poplarville is a city in Pearl River County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 2,601. It is the county seat of Pearl River County[1]. It hosts an annual Blueberry Jubilee, which includes rides, craft vendors, and rodeos.

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History

  • Theodore G. Bilbo, US senator, was born in Juniper Grove, an eastern township of Poplarville in 1877.
  • On the night of April 24, 1959, Mack Charles Parker, an African-American, was abducted from the Pearl River County jail in Poplarville by a white mob and shot to death. His body was found in the Pearl River 10 days later. The FBI investigated and even obtained confessions from some of the eight white suspects. However, the county prosecutor refused to present evidence to a state grand jury and a federal grand jury refused to indict. The case focused national attention on the persistence of lynching in the South and helped accelerate the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
  • On September 2, 2005, the 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery (Ohio Army National Guard) arrived at the National Guard armory in Poplarville to assist the community and Pearl River County in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Initial efforts were the security of banks, pharmacies and gas stations as well as initial responses to rural emergencies. The unit stayed for three weeks ultimately checking on every family and structure in the county.
  • On December 21, 2006, an early morning fire destroyed 3 downtown buildings.

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