Collection Title:  Milburn Crowe Collection

Collection Number:  M127

Inclusive Dates:  1971 –  1996

Bulk Dates:  1971 – 1996

Volume:  .05 Cubic Feet

Processor:  W. Ray


Biographical Information:

Mr. Milburn Crowe’s parents settled in Mound Bayou, Mississippi as one of the pioneer families that wanted to start a community where freed slaves could own land and elect black officials. After growing up in Mound Bayou, Crowe moved to Chicago and remained there until he retired and moved back to Mound Bayou. He was very involved in organizations that preserve and support black history. These organizations are the historic Mound Bayou Foundation and the Mississippi Historical Society. Beyond this he served as the Vice Chair of the Southeast Regional African American Preservation Alliance and as a Board member for the Mississippi Historical Society. Mr. Crowe was honored with the Mississippi Humanities Council Achievement Award. Crowe is credited with being the town historian.


Scope and Content:

The Milburn Crowe Collection contains a pictorial history of Bolivar County, the 1st Annual Heritage Festival, and a copy of The Voice, along with copies of pictures and early letters from Founder Ben Montgomery.


Box Inventory:

Box / Folder

1 / 1     1982 A Pictorial History of Mound Bayou

1 / 2     1996 1st Annual Mound Bayou Heritage Festival (three copies)

1 / 3     1971 The Voice Mound Bayou Newspaper

1 / 4     One folder containing a list of photographs, one full set of negatives in a sleeve, two contact sheets of the negatives, one page with several small photographs, and one flyer announcing the exhibit of the centennial anniversary of Mound Bayou.

1 / 5     Copies of Letters from Ben Montgomery (Enlarged)