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Terry, Mississippi is near Interstate Highway 55 in Hinds County, about fifteen miles southwest of the state capital of Jackson. The area was first settled in 1811 by settlers who had come from Virginia, and the settlement there was originally known as Dry Grove. The First Baptist Church was established in 1852, and originally called Friendship Baptist Church, moving from New Town to Terry in 1868. In 1867, the Illinois Central Railroad moved its depot from Parham Bridges Park in Jackson to Terry, and the town took its current name, in honor of W.D. Terry, on whose land the town was built. The 14th governor of Mississippi and former Confederate General Albert G. Brown made his home in Terry for several years, and Brown Street is named for him. The influential Blues musician, Tommy Johnson, was born in Terry. Nearby communities include Alonzo, Bernard, Dabney Crossroads, Dry Grove, Midway, Moncure, Morgans Store, Palestine, Rosemary, Sinai, Thompsonville, and Whites.



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