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Bolivar County, Mississippi

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  • Fannie Lou Hamer (1917 - 1977)
    Lou Hamer (born Fannie Lou Townsend on October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) was an American voting rights activist and civil rights leader.She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for...
  • Pvt. (CSA), George Carruth Aycock (1846 - 1923)
    Aycock, George Carruth Pvt; Co. G, 8th MS Cav. / Duke's Scouts b 02-21-1846 d. 05-08-1923Aycock, G.C. BATTLE UNIT NAME: 8th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry SIDE: Confederacy COMPANY: GSOLDIER'S RANK IN: ...
  • Abram Douglas Somerville, Jr. (1914 - 1992)
    References: * 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Year: 1920; Census Place: Clevel...

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The county is named in honor of Simón Bolívar, early 19th-century leader of the liberation of several South American colonies from Spain.

It is located in the Mississippi Delta, or Yazoo Basin, of Mississippi, that was first Choctaw land. This area was first developed for cotton plantations. In 1840, the county was made up of 60% slaves. By 1860, it was 87% slaves.

Large industrial-scale agricultural operations have reduced the number of farm workers needed, and the population is half of its peak in 1930. Today soybeans are also a commodity crop.

The county had 14 documented lynchings in the period from 1877 to 1950.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

Alligator | Australia | Benoit | Beulah | Bolivar | Boyle | Choctaw | Cleveland (County Seat) | Concordia | Dahomy | Deeson | Duncan | Eutaw | Gunnison | Huntington | Hushpuckena | Lamont | Litton | Malvina | Merigold | Mound Bayou | Mound Landing | O'Reilly | Pace | Perthshire | Prentiss | Renova | Riverton | Rosedale (County Seat) | Round Lake | Scott | Shaw (part) | Shelby | Skene | Stringtown | Symonds | Victoria | Waxhaw | Winstonville



Genealogy Trails

Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge

Plantations of Bolivar County

Slaveholder List 1860, Surame Matches 1870 (Census Records)

National Register of Historic Places

MS Gen Web