The Yazoo County Jail was constructed as PWA Mississippi project 1087 with funding of $20,450 toward the $35,000 cost. J. R. Flint Construction Company built the new jail south of the City Hall on South Washington Street. R. W. Naef was architect. Decatur Iron & Steel Company of Alabama were recommended to provide the ironwork for cell construction. The new brick building was described as “modern”, escape proof and fire-proof, and had individual cells with lavatory, toilet, shower bath, “and a good bed” (Yazool jail is now occupied, 1937, p. 1). The jail was demolished in 1998.
Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Historic Resources Inventory. (Old) Yazoo County Jail. Retrieved October 24 from:
Plan New Jail with PWA AID Cost $35,000. (Sep 3, 1935). The Yazoo Herald, p. 1.
Work Started Yesterday on New Yazoo Jail. (Oct. 13, 1936). The Yazoo Herald, p. 1.
PWA Gives State Almost $900,000. (Jul. 29, 1936). Clarion-Ledger, p. 1.
Project originally submitted by Susan Allen on November 29, 2019.
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