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Creator: City of Petal, Mississippi

Collection Number: M465

Title: Petal Historical Collection

Dates: 1976

Abstract: The collection includes a “History of Petal” booklet, published March 1976 in honor of the Revolutionary War bicentennial.

The community of Petal, Mississippi, gained its unique name (no other state in the United States has a city with the same name) in 1904 when the daughter, Gladys Petal Polk, of its first postmaster, Irving A. Polk, died just before her second birthday and the town took on her namesake.  In 1974, Petal was incorporated and became its own city independent of Hattiesburg.

Scope and Content Note
The collection contains a booklet published by the city of Petal about the town’s history and includes anecdotes, factoids, and images from the town’s founding to the time of the booklet’s publication, 1976.  The title page reads “City of Petal Salutes the Bicentennial.”

A copy of the booklet can also be found in Special Collections, call number Miss F349.P43 C58 1976.

Topics Covered
Petal (Miss.)
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1976--Mississippi

Related Collections
AM06-34: Ideal Primitive Baptist Church (Petal, MS) Minutes, ca. 1888-2000
M324: East (P.D.) Collection, ca. 1957-1971

Administrative Information

Provenance: Donated by Diane Ross on August 21, 2004.

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

Preferred Citation Method:  Item, Title of collection, McCain Library & Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information:  Processed by Lauren White. 

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