The Museum of Mississippi History and exhibit designers are Overview of exhibitworking with historians, scholars, and other groups from across the state to plan the exhibits for the new museum. Working with the Community Advisory Committee, a group representing more than twenty ethnic, cultural, and religious groups, and its Core Scholars, the museum has developed an eight-zone exhibit plan.


1: Early Civilizations: The First Peoples—10,000 BC–1519 AD
Paleoindian Period Origins: Archaeology and Oral Tradition Archaic Period Woodland Period Poverty Point Culture/Gulf South Formational Culture Mississippian Period Southern Cult Compare and Contrast

2: Contact, Conflict, Contrast: Native Americans, Europeans, Africans—1519–1798
On the Edge of Encounter Spanish Exploration Native American Tribal Identity: Before and After Contact Native American Population Changes: Choctaw Burial French Exploration French Boatbuilding Trade African Middle Passage Experience Slavery Traditions European Struggles for Control European Settlement: Biloxi and Natchez American Revolution

3: The State Takes Shape: Territory, Statehood, and Treaties—1798–1832
Territorial Days Treaties Forced Removal War of 1812 Natchez Trace Native American Land Cessions Settlement Statehood "Frontier and Civilization" Gulf Coast Development

4: Rise and Fall: Cotton Kingdom and Civil War—1832–1865
Steamboat Era Plantation Economy and Life Slave Auction Rise of Merchant Class Jackson as Capital Yeoman Farming Mexican War Prelude to War Civil War Homefront and Aftermath

5: Reconstruction: Freedom and Counter Revolution—1865–1902
Sharecropping Reconstruction Public Education Davis Bend and Mound Bayou Seafood Industry Opening of the Delta Convict Leasing System State Government Changes Growing Racial Tension

6: Rebuilding: Progressivism and Repression—1902–1929
Evangelical Religion World War I Transportation Changes Power Politics Timber Boom Public Health 1927 Flood Agricultural Diversification

7: Upheavals: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II—1929–1945
Depression New Deal Music Emporium Oil and Gas Agricultural Mechanization Population Shifts World War II

8: Modern Mississippi: Civil Rights, Diversity and Diversification—1945–present
Civil Rights Movement and Legacy Political Diversification Lifestyle Changes Cultural Icons Popular Culture Industrial Diversification Economic Upheavals Today's History Time Capsule

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