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venturini-sliderAt noon on Wednesday, August 6, as part of the History Is Lunch Series, Vincent J. Venturini will present “Colonel William Raphael Miles: Slavery, Civil War, and Catholic Evangelical Activities among African Americans in Holmes County.”

William Raphael Miles was born March 25, 1817, in Nelson County, Kentucky. After graduating from St. Joseph’s College he moved to Yazoo County, Mississippi. A lawyer, planter, and member of the Whig party, Miles was a state representative 1844-46 and a state senator 1846-48. By the start of the Civil War he owned a ten-thousand acre plantation in Yazoo County. His substantial business interests in New Orleans led to him being elected to represent that city in 1861 at the Louisiana Secession Convention. After the war he returned to Mississippi to practice law.

Venturini will examine the life and career of Miles upon his arrival in Mississippi in 1839 and his significant though overlooked role in Catholic history from the 1840s into the twentieth century through the activities of his sons and nephew who became priests.

Vincent J. Venturini is a former social work faculty member and academic administrator at Mississippi Valley State University. He grew up in Jackson and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1971. A lifelong student of Mississippi history, he is currently working on a history of south Jackson.

Unless otherwise noted, History Is Lunch programs are held on the first floor of the William F. Winter Archives and History Building.

 UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS:

August 13: Joedda Gore will discuss Sugarman, her book about the hero of the Clear Creek Bridge disaster of 1939. Book sales and signing to follow.
August 20: Stephen Enzweiler will discuss his book Oxford in the Civil War. Book sales and signing to follow. This program will be held at the Old Capitol Museum.
August 27: Elizabeth Robinson, owner of Spirit House Glass, will show her award-winning glass art.
September 3: Douglas Richardson will present “The Clinton Riot of 1875.”
September 10: Artist Roland Golden will discuss his book Life, Love, and Art in the French Quarter.
September 17: Old Capitol Museum historian Michael Stoll will present "Monuments to Democracy: The Fifty State Capitols." This program will be held at the Old Capitol Museum.
September 24: Robert Blade will talk about his book Tupelo Man, a biography of newspaper publisher George McLean. Book sales and signing to follow.
October 1: Curtis Wilkie will talk about his book Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest: Fifty Pieces from the Road. Book sales and signing to follow. This program will be held at the Old Capitol Museum.
October 8: Civil rights movement leader Rev. Edwin King will talk about his book Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer. Book sales and signing to follow. This program will be held at the Old Capitol Museum.
October 15: Archaeologist John O'Hear will talk about the Mississippi Mound Trail for Archaeology Month.
October 22: Jacksonian Tim Whitsett--musician, music publisher, songwriter, producer, and author--will talk about his international career in music.
October 29: Old Capitol Museum staff will present a preview of the program "Present Meets Past." This program will be held at the Old Capitol Museum.
November 5: Historian Walter Howell will talk about his new history of Clinton, Mississippi, Town and Gown.
November 12: Deborah Thomas, Library of Congress, will talk about "Chronicling America."
November 19: Carolyn J. Brown will talk about her book Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

 

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