Significant Gift Bequeathed to Friends of Raymond

Raymond native Mary Will McKenzie, a world-renowned occupational therapist and educator, recently bequeathed a significant gift to the Friends of Raymond.

“We were so honored that Miss McKenzie remembered Friends of Raymond in such a generous and meaningful way,” said Friends of Raymond President Eric Bobo. “Her parents, Mary and W.M. “Mac” McKenzie, were beloved educators in this area.”

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Welcome To Friends Of Raymond

Friends of Raymond is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1998 to preserve historic sites around the beautiful town of Raymond, Mississippi. We are governed by a nine-member Board of Directors elected by the FOR membership, and all work is done by volunteers – there is no paid staff or administrative costs that are not used to directly support the organization.

Our group has purchased, preserved, and provided historical interpretation for the original site of the Battle of Raymond, which was an important part of General Ulysses S. Grant’s 1862 Vicksburg campaign during the Civil War.

The mission of the FOR goes beyond battlefield preservation. As an organization, we are committed to working with the City of Raymond and other local entities to preserve our rich local history. Currently, the FOR is coordinating a community-wide effort to create a mural for downtown Raymond showcasing the rich history of the square and downtown area.

The Friends of Raymond are also committed to historical education and preservation.

We work closely with the City of Raymond to coordinate historic preservation efforts for this beautiful and historic area. All work depends completely on memberships, donations, and sponsors.

We invite you to join Friends of Raymond as we seek to preserve this important piece of Mississippi history for the education of visitors from around the world.

Visit our Donate page for more information about Friends of Raymond memberships, donations, stock donations, and sponsorships.

Our History

Click on the links below for more infomation:

  • A list of all former and present  board members can be found (Here)
  • Our beginnings:  Founders & the Formation of Friends of Raymond (History)
  • FOR Timeline: Parker Hills talks about the acquisition of the battlefield properties, the acquisitions of the cannons, and the generosity of others. (History)
  • Ribbon Cutting for the Raymond Battlefield (History)
  • Our Historic Rail Fence (History)
  • A Founder’s Monument: Ride With Generals (History)
  • Transferring ownership of the Battlefields to the Vicksburg Military Park (History)
  • Walking Trails and Other Maps – (Maps)
  • “Twilight Tour” on the Raymond Battlefield (History)
  • Parker Hills: The Guns of Raymond (History)
  • Parker Hills: “Battlefield Detectives” Dig for Clues (History)
  • Significance of Miles Tract (History)

A NEW CHAPTER

So what is next for Friends of Raymond now that this incredible Battlefield chapter is complete?

Our First Project: 
“Raymond, Then and Now” mural
on our historic town square

The mission of the FOR goes beyond battlefield preservation. As an organization, we are committed to working with the City of Raymond and other local entities to preserve our rich local history. Currently, the FOR is coordinating a community-wide effort to create a mural for downtown Raymond showcasing the rich history of the square and downtown area.

A dedication and other exciting activities are planned upon the completion of this beautiful addition to our town square.

Click Here to go to our Interactive Online Mural Page where photos can be shared, web links to photographic collections can be shared, create a way for the public to share memories, stories, and other photos.

WHAT’S NEXT

What next..

  • Friends of Raymond intends to do a major project each year supporting and enhancing the history, liveability and spirit of the community.
  • We welcome your input! Please submit your ideas for projects to friendsofraymond@outlook.com
  • Membership information is on the website, and new members are welcomed!(Membership)
  • Friends of Raymond will host quarterly gatherings at various history venues in the area so members old and new can connect and come up with creative ideas to enhance the community, and celebrate Raymond’s history.
  • Educational programs, once a mainstay of Friends of Raymond, will be reinstated and publicized to promote attendance.
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