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Itta Bena, Mississippi

Itta Bena is a city near the Yazoo River in the state of Mississippi. This small city near Greenwood has a population of approximately 2,200 and occupies a 1.5 square mile area. Notable as the birthplace of Blues musician B.B. King, Itta Bena is also home to Mississippi Valley State University, a historically black university. Itta Bena has been gradually recreating itself as a college town, with a variety of shops, small businesses and eateries. The 19-mile long Roebuck Lake and neighboring Kimbrough Park are popular spots for gatherings and outdoor activities.

Itta Bena was settled in 1846 at a spot cleared from the pine groves around Roebuck Lake and named after a Choctaw phrase possibly meaning "home in the woods". This first group of settlers built cabins and established farms for cotton and corn. The rich soil and plentiful water supply produced good crops, and soon attracted other settlers. A steam gin and grist mill allowed the town to produce meal for nearby Fort Pemberton through the Civil War. In 1889, the Old Southern Railroad ran a line through the town, leading to the construction of streets, several shops and a police station. Much of the town burned in 1897, but was soon rebuilt, and Itta Bena incorporated as a city the following year. Although Itta Bena was successful agricultural area, some areas of land were unsuitable for farming. One of those spots was chosen to be the site of Mississippi Vocational College, created by the legislature in 1950. In 1964, the school was renamed Mississippi Valley State College, and became Mississippi Valley State University in 1974. Residents and students also took an active part in the Civil Rights movement, beginning a tradition of community organizing, voter education and economic development that continues today.

Itta Bena's history of construction activity, particularly in the first half of the 20th century, when asbestos-containing materials were widely used, has made asbestos exposure a concern for workers and their families. Asbestos exposure may put workers at risk for asbestos-related diseases, such as malignant mesothelioma. If you were exposed to asbestos in Itta Bena and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should also consider contacting an asbestos law firm.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Itta Bena

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Itta Bena where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • College Hall
  • Delta Sands
  • Delvian Hall
  • Fielding L. Wright
  • Jacob Caron Student Center
  • Magnolia Annex
  • Magnolia Hall
  • Mississippi Hall
  • Mississippi Negro Vocational College
  • Mississippi Vocational College
  • Sunflower Heights

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Itta Bena, Mississippi

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Itta Bena, Mississippi. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

Distance: 74.3 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Itta Bena, Mississippi

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Itta Bena, Mississippi. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Pierre E. De Delva
University of Mississippi Medical Center Mississippi Cancer Registry
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

Distance: 74.3 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Itta Bena, Mississippi

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Mississippi, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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