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April 15, 2015 - April 17, 2015

Wednesday, April 15 - Friday, April 17


1865 marked the end of the Civil War and the promise of freedom for the nation’s enslaved people. Mississippi Jubilee, a celebration of this pivotal moment, will be held Wednesday, April 15, through Friday, April 17, in Jackson. Activities will range from musical and theatrical performances at the Smith Robertson Museum and Mississippi Museum of Art to educational sessions at the Old Capitol Museum and Tougaloo College.

Duke University associate professor of history Thavolia Glymph will deliver the keynote address at 1:30 p.m. The celebration will also feature musical and theatrical performances at the Smith Robertson Museum and Mississippi Museum of Art, as well as a symposium at Tougaloo College.

The program begins Wednesday, April 15, and runs through Friday, April 17, and is made possible through a partnership with the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson University, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Mississippi Humanities Council, Smith Robertson Museum, Tougaloo College, and University of Southern Mississippi.

For more information call 601-432-6752 or email

Mississippi Jubilee: From Slavery to Freedom

Schedule of Events


Wednesday, April 15
Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center

6 - 8 p.m. Opening Reception


Thursday, April 16
House of Representatives Chamber, Old Capitol Museum

9 - 10:15 a.m.

Session One: A War for Slavery, a War for Freedom
Moderator: Wilma Clopton, Mississippi Humanities Council

  • Slavery and Slave Resistance in Mississippi at the Time of Civil War
    Max Grivno, University of Southern Mississippi
  • United States Colored Troops
    Darrell White, Natchez
10:30 a.m. - Noon

Session Two: The Meaning of Freedom
Moderator: Jacqueline Dace, Department of Archives and History

  • From Conservative Assumptions to Radical Change: Emancipation, African American Soldiers, and Military Occupation in Civil War America
    Andrew Lang, Mississippi State University
  • They Were Sharp Bargainers: John Eaton, Jr.'s Invalid Corps, the Soldiers and Families of the 63rd USCT
    Alisea McLeod, Rust College
  • Alabama USCT and the Corinth Cotraband Camp
    Marcus Johnson, National Park Service
Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Keynote Address

  • Enslaved Women and the Civil War in the Mississippi Valley
    Thavolia Glymph, Duke University
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.


  • It Should Mean More Than a Simple Shout
    Calvin White, Jr., University of Arkansas
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


  • The Politics of the Freedmen: What Might Have Been - An Introduction to Self-Guided Tour of the Old Captiol Museum
    Jere Nash, Jackson

5:30 p.m.

Voices of Freedom
Mississippi Museum of Art

  • MADDRAMA - dramatic readings of letters and other documents written by freedmen
  • "Sweet Jesus," "Let Us Break Bread Together," and "Walk Together Children" performed by Laurence Albert, Tougaloo College assistant professor of music

Hors d'oeuvres reception is included. Tours of the special exhibit Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection will also be available.


Friday, April 17
Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center, Tougaloo College

9 - 10:45 a.m.

Expanding Emancipation, Education and the Meaning of Freedom
Moderator: Michael Williams, Tougaloo College

  • Organized Education for Negroes in Jackson, Mississippi, 1870-1970
    Pamela Junior, Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center
  • "By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know them:" Post Civil War North Mississippi, Emancipated Blacks and the Founding of Shaw University (Rust College) 1864-1870
    Marco Robinson, Rust College
  • The Education of the Freedpeople in Mississippi and the Founding of Tougaloo College: The First Generation, 1865-1915
    William Woods, Tougaloo College
  • Building Up the Old Waste Places: The Origins of Jackson State University in the Midst of the Nadir
    Jelani Favors, Clayton State University

11 a.m. - Noon

The Emancipation Experience in Literature: Margaret Walker’s Jubilee
Moderator: Robert Luckett, Jackson State University

  • An African American Historical Context for Margaret Walker's Jubilee
    Alfredteen Harrison
  • The Story of What Came Before, During and After: The Writing and Publication of Margaret Walker's Jubilee
    Carolyn Brown




July 13, 2015 - July 17, 2015

Time Travelers Kids' Camp 2015Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17, 2015. From mounds to modern Mississippi, rising 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will discover how Mississippi became the wonderful and diverse place it is today. Activities will include crafts, tours, and more at the Old Capitol Museum, the Manship House Museum, and the State Capitol. 

Registration deadline is Thursday, July 2, 2015. Download registration form here (PDF).

For more information email or call 601-576-6800.