A Photo Story by Kay Bramlett
Tupelo Mill Village is Tupelo's first historic district. Tupelo Cotton Mills were considered one of the largest cotton producing units in the South. The greatest developments occurred from 1909 to 1924. The development of the Tupelo Cotton Mills, the Tupelo Garment Company and Mill Village were a local response to complementary national and regional trends.
By the 1920's more than 25 miles of Tupelo Cheviots were woven every day. Even during the early years of the Great Depression, the mills produced 10,000,000 yards of cloth annually.
“My family came to Mill Village in 1916. It’s an important story for me to tell because younger generations don’t know what Mill Village is. I think it gives them as sense that there were hard working people at that time, who felt good about what they contributed to the community. And hopefully Mill Village will be on the upswing again. If you ask older residents of Tupelo about Church Street, that intersection was really ‘the pulse’ when we were growing up."
- Kay Bramlett, 4th generation resident, Mill Village
Kay is one of one hundred community voices paying forward stories to inspire the next chapter of Mississippi’s history. “Like” and “Share” her story to celebrate #brightspots during the Mississippi Bicentennial #MS200 #tupelospirit #mytupelo #visittupelo #villagelife #storytellerstate
Research more about Mill Village history: npgallery.nps.gov/pdfho…/docs/NRHP/Text/92000159.pdf
To get involved in the revitalization efforts, contact Mill Village Neighborhood Association President, Molly Tanner – c. 662-213-7043 email@example.com Next meeting is September 26 #themill #millvillage FB: @tmillv
Gregory Don Pirkle’s renewed vision for the area includes the Tupelo Cotton Mill (J.J. Rogers building), a 109,000 sq feet, available for weddings, events, etc. The entire facility is being renovated in phases. For more information, contact: 662-255-4012 firstname.lastname@example.org FB: Tupelo Cotton Mill
Tupelo is one of ten cities elected to participate in “Celebrating Storytelling”, a Mississippi Bicentennial project that will culminate with 100 community voices.
In August 2017, community leaders produced a series of eight photo documentaries, highlighting people and initiatives that have built Tupelo from its beginnings. The event was a unique occasion to celebrate aspects of “Tupelo spirit” that have carried the community from generation to generation, and to define new pathways forward.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Renasant Bank, CREATE Foundation, Community Development Foundation, My Tupelo, Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, Link Centre, Elvis Presley Birthplace, Mitch McCamey, The Selby and Richard McRae Foundation; with additional support from Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, Jason Shelton for Mayor of Tupelo, EP Natalie Irby/ Corner to Corner Productions; Producers Alison Fast, Chandler Griffin, Aaron Phillips
“Celebrating Storytelling” is a project of Blue Magnolia Films/Corner to Corner Productions in partnership with Barefoot Workshop