Next meeting of the Northeast Mississippi Historical and Genealogical Society

The Northeast Mississippi Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 22, 2010 in the Helen Foster Auditorium, Lee County Library, 219 N. Madison, Tupelo, MS.  The public is invited to attend.

Tommy Covington, retired librarian from the Tippah County Library, Ripley, MS will present a program on Paul J. Rainey, a wealthy and intriguing landowner and businessman who lived in Cotton Plant, MS in the early 20th Century. 

Mr. Rainey died mysteriously in the late 1920s on a ship enroute to Africa for one of his many safaris.  He is known as an entrepreneur, wild game hunter, film maker of the first African safaris, and a wealthy businessman. 

After his death, his estate was valued at $60 million by the State of Mississippi.  He had a hunting lodge in Cotton Plant and entertained his many well-heeled visitors with fox hunts.  He had a hotel built in New Albany, MS to house his visitors and, also, had a railroad spur to his mansion built to transport them by railcar to his estate.

For more information, contact Susie Dent, 662-844-2307 or email

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