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Scott County, Mississippi

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The county was created in 1833 and was named for Abram M. Scott, the Governor of Mississippi from 1832 to 1833.

On October 23–25, 1898, a "race war" erupted in Harperville, an unincorporated community in Scott County, after blacks resisted one of their community being arrested for an alleged conflict with his white employer. They fatally shot a white deputy and wounded three others. A mob of whites gathered that night and started hunting down and killing black suspects, killing nine to eleven black men by the end of the following day. Sources vary in the count of fatalities, and some blacks were buried before being identified or counted. The county sheriff arrested some black suspects and took them first to the county seat at Forest, and then to Meridian for their safety. Associated Press and major newspapers covered the events.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Forest (County Seat)
  • Forkville
  • Harperville
  • Hillsboro
  • Homewood
  • Kalem
  • Lake (part)
  • Ludlow
  • Midway
  • Morton
  • Norris
  • Pulaski
  • Sebastopol (part)



Bienville National Forest (part)

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