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Raymond, Mississippi is one of two county seats for Hinds County, and home to the main campus of Hinds Community College. The town site for the city was chosen by John B. Peyton, one of three commissioners appointed to select a site near the center of Hinds County to serve as its seat of government. Although not in the geographical center of the county, this site was chosen because it was on a ridge, and not as subject to flooding as the actual center would be. Raymond was platted and chartered in 1830. A courthouse was built between 1857 and 1859, and still houses some of the county’s offices, although Jackson has become the primary seat of government for Hinds County. In May, 1863, the Battle of Raymond was fought as part of Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign during the Civil War, and four days later the Battle of Champion Hill was won by the Union, sealing the fate of Vicksburg. Grant stayed at Waverly, on the John B. Peyton plantation, while Union soldiers used St. Mark’s Episcopal Church as a hospital. The city’s water tower was built inn 1903, and a small agricultural high school opened in 1917 later developed into Hinds Community College. John Bell Williams, the 55th governor of Mississippi, was born in Raymond and graduated from Hinds Community College when it was known as Hinds Junior College. Nearby communities include Byram, Clinton, Fairchild Crossroads, Learned, McRaven, Morning Star, Oakley, Palestine, Seven Springs, and Spring Ridge. The state capital of Jackson is about seventeen miles east of Raymond.



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