Tibbee, Mississippi
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Tibbee, Mississippi

Tibbee is an unincorporated community located in Clay County, Mississippi. Tibbee is approximately 7 miles (11 km) east of Osborn and approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Mayhew.

The community was named after Tibbee Creek.[2]

The Tibbee Community

Tibbee is an unincorporated village and a part of Clay County's Supervisor District II. It was once a part of Lowndes and Oktibbeha Counties prior to 1872 when it was taken into Clay (Colfax) County's formation. In the 1870 census, Mayhew / Tibbee was the address of many of the earlier African Americans that were the forefathers of the land owners of present day Tibbee.

The community has a large population of minority landowners who purchased the land from German emigrants after slavery. The land was not fertile; therefore making a living from farming a difficult task at best. The advent of commercial fertilizer improved the income from farming, but the amount of farmland was limited and not very productive for the cash crop of cotton. The flooding of the two creeks, the Tibbee, and the Catalpa, further compromised the productivity of the land.

The availability of the land for purchase by Blacks proved to be a Mecca for sharecroppers, especially those from the fertile prairie lands of Lowndes and surrounding counties. Large contingents of Blacks moved into Tibbee along with their extended families. Many small tracts of land were purchased. There were only a few large tracts of land sufficient to sustain enough income to satisfy family needs. Many Tibbeeians migrated to the Mississippi Delta to work during the farming season. This resulted in a sizable pool of day laborers for various jobs, primarily farming and a few to the emerging industrial revolution.

Tibbee gets its name from the Tibbee creek which is a shorter version of the Indian name Oktibbeha one of the adjacent counties of which a portion of Clay County and Tibbee was fashioned. The Tibbee Community is located in southeastern Clay County, MS. It is bordered on the north by Tibbee Creek, the east by Catalpa Creek, the west by U.S. Highway 45 Alternate and the south by the Lowndes County line. The enclave of African Americans was very well delineated from the White Americans geographically.

The land was not very productive for growing cash crops, especially cotton. Much of the open land was occupied by the many family members who built homes reducing the available land for farming. Surrounding land (new grounds)Chronological Time line

1835 - Tibbee settled by Rasha Cannon

December 9, 1858 - Tibby Station created as a Mobile & Ohio Railroad milepost

July 22, 1862 - Lincoln reads a draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet

September 17, 1862 - Battle of Antietam

September 22, 1862 - Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation

January 1, 1863 - Emancipation Proclamation takes effect

May 22, 1863 - Creation of United States Colored Troops

February 22, 1864 - Battle of West Point, MS

December 6, 1865 - 13th Amendment passed

1872 - Colfax County created

1875 - Tibbee Station renamed from Tibby Station

Significant Events Timeline

1876 - Clay County established named after Senator Henry Clay

1880 - Mt. Pisgah started

1896 - Tibbee Bridge built linking Tibbee community to the Section Community

1900 - Tibbee baseball established[3]

1940 - 1970 - Out Migration Period and Civil Rights

1980 - 2000 - 2nd and 3rd Generation College education opportunities

December 16, 2011 - Tibbee Community Center Phase 1 completed

2016 - Connecting Generations Homecoming

2019 - Standing on the shoulders of our ancestors allows for our limitless future

The original homecoming committee included Mrs. Maggie Ruffins, Willie Mae Graves, Kitty Kidd Robinson, Reverend Billups, Adell Bennett, George Grays, and Joe B. Amos. They gathered under the big tree at Jones Chapel. They called a meeting before the meeting and decided to make the first Sunday in July as the date for the homecoming. The deacon board included Pastor E. E. Heard, N. W. Westbook, Joe Epps, Eluster Wicks, Felix Ervin, Curtis Cannon, Curlie Quinn, George Grays, and Adell Bennett.

Pastor Heard wanted every penny accounted for. When New Hope member came back the value of the homecoming was born. Reverend Joe Lane helped create this legacy and people like John Bryan gave the church some of its first chairs. Most of the money raised during that time was about $48. This was headed up by Mrs. Maggie Harris, Robert Erving, and John H. Grays.

Men, we dropped the ball when we started letting 18 year-olds tell us what to do. Now you cannot tell an 8 year old what to do. We have to get the center completed and provide an outlet for our kids and out adults.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tibbee, Mississippi
  2. ^ Baca, Keith A. (2007). Native American Place Names in Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-60473-483-6.
  3. ^ Nations, Will (May 8, 2018). "Tibbee baseball opens 115th season". Daily Times Leader.

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