Rodney, Mississippi inked out of existence by Governor Theodore Bilbo

With the stroke of a pen, Monday, Mississippi Governor Theodore Bilbo signed an executive proclamation, here, designating that Rodney, Mississippi, was no longer a city. Rodney was once the busiest port between New Orleans and St. Louis.

Founded as a French settlement in 1763; missed being the capital of Mississippi Territory by three votes; incorporated as a city in 1828; rivaled Natchez and Vicksburg in wealth with a population estimated at 4,000 in the 1850’s; but, today—167 years from its inception, the once thriving river port of Rodney, Mississippi, 32 miles north of Natchez, is no more.

Mississippi River flood ravages the delta – unknown number killed

Our worst fears became a raging torrent of reality at 8:00, yesterday morning, in the Mississippi Delta. The levee broke 12 miles up the Mississippi River from Greenville at Mounds Landing with a water force that engineers say was greater than the power of Niagara Falls, creating a gap in the levee nearly one mile wide.

An unknown number of black laborers, who had been working day and night in torrential rain for three days, building a wall of sand bags on that levee, were swept away by mud, water and fury. The buildings and many of the people in Mounds Landing below the levee were, likewise, washed away like tiny toys. Mounds Landing is no more. It’s beneath an inland sea 30 feet deep.