Museum of Mississippi History

Gallery Talk: Solidarity Now cmckenzie Tue, 06/20/2023 - 13:52

Join us at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 13, at the Two Mississippi Museums for a Solidary Now! 1968 Poor People's Campaign gallery talk. Drew Gardner, a museum educator, will explain how the Poor People's Campaign brought national attention to the associated problems of poverty and hunger. Rebecca Butz, a registered dietitian at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Ambulatory EversCare Clinic, will explain how the clinic—named for civil rights leader Myrlie Evers—works to improve patients' health by addressing social needs such as food insecurity.

Summer Music Series: Emerald Accent

Join us at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, for the August edition of the Summer Music Series at the Two Mississippi Museums with traditional Irish folk band Emerald Accent. The group plays all over the Southwest, and their instruments include the tin-whistle, the violin, the bodhran, and the flute. For more information, call 601-576-6850, or email info@mdah.ms.gov. 
 

Mississippi Department of Archives and History to Celebrate Juneteenth

In honor of Juneteenth, HII's Ingalls Shipbuilding division is sponsoring free admission to the Two Mississippi Museums from Saturday, June 17, through Monday, June 19. Visitors can explore themes of emancipation and liberation in Mississippi.

“We are grateful to Ingalls Shipbuilding for making it possible for so many Mississippians to visit the Two Mississippi Museums and celebrate emancipation in the United States,” said Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Saturday, June 17, Juneteenth-themed tours through the Two Mississippi Museums are available at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, a Juneteenth-themed tour is available at 2 p.m.

During Juneteenth Jubilee on Monday, June 19, visitors can enjoy free Juneteenth-themed tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and register for an on-site, behind-the-scenes historic object collections tour happening at 2:30 p.m.

This free, family-friendly day continues 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with extended museums hours, craft-making activities for children, card games, live music from Jerry Jenkins, DJ Lil Walt, Jermaine Van Buren Jr., Montage, and Mastadon, and on-site food trucks Smokin 7, Oops All Vegan and Fertile Ground Brewery.

Visitors may also enjoy Juneteenth family gallery activities at the This Is Home: Medgar Evers, Mississippi, and the Movement exhibit, on display now through June 30, in the FedEx Exhibition Hall.

Signed into law on June 17, 2021, Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, or Juneteenth, is a federal holiday to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War.

Celebration of Juneteenth began on June 19, 1865, when Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with some 2,000 troops, and decreed the Emancipation Proclamation freed all enslaved people, officially enforcing emancipation in the Confederate-controlled state.

For more information, call 601-576-6850, or email info@mdah.ms.gov. 

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Juneteenth Celebration: Free Weekend

Explore themes of emancipation and liberation in Mississippi history during the Two Mississippi Museums’ Juneteenth Celebration: Free Weekend on Sunday, June 18, with free admission sponsored by Ingalls Shipbuilding. Beginning at 11 a.m., this day of celebration will feature Juneteenth-themed tours at 2 p.m., a Juneteenth family gallery activity, and visits to This Is Home: Medgar Evers, Mississippi, and the Movement exhibit.

Juneteenth Celebration: Free Weekend

Explore themes of emancipation and liberation in Mississippi history during the Two Mississippi Museums’ Juneteenth Celebration: Free Weekend on Saturday, June 17, with free admission sponsored by Ingalls Shipbuilding. Beginning at 9 a.m., this day of celebration will feature Juneteenth-themed tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., a Juneteenth family gallery activity, and visits to This Is Home: Medgar Evers, Mississippi, and the Movement exhibit.

The Crisis Screening

Released in 1916, The Crisis (about 60 minutes) will be shown at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17. The Crisis is a silent film based on the novel by Winston Churchill that tells the story of the American Civil War and its struggle to end slavery. Jeff Giambrone, a historic research specialist, will speak briefly about the screening, and a live ensemble will perform a new, original score for the film. Other guests included in the program are Matt Wymer, executive director of the Oxford Film Festival, and Dev Shapiro, the owner of the Selig/Polyscope studio and films.

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