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Ruleville, Mississippi Historical Collection

Identifier: M620

Scope and Contents

The publications and booklets in this collection highlight the history of Ruleville and its two historically white churches. The Baptist and Methodist churches in Ruleville were both founded in the nineteenth century.


  • 1965
  • 1972
  • 1993, 1996, 2002


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Ruleville, Mississippi was established as a settlement in Sunflower County, Mississippi, by J. W. Rule in 1898. Originally a railroad town dependent on the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad, the area was developed for cotton plantations in the nineteenth century and was a pivotal location in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Notable individuals from Ruleville include Fannie Lou Hamer, co-founder of the Freedom Democratic Party of Mississippi (FDMP).


.25 Cubic Feet (7 items)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of books written by Ruleville, Mississippi residents John Allen Robertson, Tom Conger, Jr., and Rev. Allen Dearing on the town’s history and the development of the white Baptist and Methodist churches in the area. The collection is of interest to researchers studying Mississippi religious history and the Mississippi Delta.


This small collection consists of seven items.


Donated by John Allen Robertson, 2001-2002.

Related Materials

Copies of two of the books in this collection are available in the McCain Library:

John A. Robertson and Tom W. Conger, Jr., Early History of the Town of Ruleville, Mississippi, in the Heart of the Mississippi Delta (Greenville, Miss.: Democrat Printing Co., 1965), call number F349.R8 R6

John A. Robertson, History of Ruleville Baptist Church, Ruleville, Mississippi (Ruleville, Miss.: s.n., 1972), call number BX6249.R85x R63x


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Ruleville, Mississippi Historical Collection
Collection processed and finding aid written by Jonathan Puckett
26 April 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001