Stoneville is an unincorporated community northwest of Leland, Mississippi. The USDA research facility that employed Paul Henson, Jim Henson's father, was located in Stoneville.[1] The Henson family also resided in Stoneville, but, because the community had no schools of its own, Jim Henson attended elementary school in nearby Leland.[2]

On October 18, 2005, the United States Postal Service held a ceremony for the Jim Henson and the Muppets postage stamps that featured a "Birthplace of the Frog Station" pictorial cancel. The ceremony took place at the Capps Entrepreneurial Center, the former site of the Stoneville USDA research facility.[1] However, the name and ZIP code on the cancel are those of Leland.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 USPS Press release
  2. Clark, Thomas D., telephone interview with Henson archivist Karen Falk, December 10, 2009.
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