Events Around the State
Summer Film Series at the Grand
Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez, offers free educational films
and videos every other Tuesday during June and July, at 3 p.m. Scheduled are The
Tribes of the Southeast on June 8, The
Natives of the Southwest on June 22, The
Nations of the Northeast on July 6, and
The Tribal People of the Northwest on July 20.
For more information call 601/ 446-6502.
Manships Abroad, the Manship
House Museum, Jackson, examines the Manship family's tour of parts of
Europe in 1874 and what travel was like for middle-class southern families of
that era. The exhibit opens Tuesday, June 8, and runs
through Saturday, August 28. The exhibit is free, but reservations
are required for groups of ten or more. For reservations or information, call
at the Mounds will be held Saturday, June 19,
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Winterville
Mounds Museum, Greenville. The popular Winterville Mounds music event
is free and will feature various music groups from around the Delta. For more
information call 662/ 334-4684.
During Pioneer Week, June
21 through June 25, at Historic
Jefferson College, Washington, daily sessions introduce children between
the ages of eight and twelve to pioneer skills and activities, including bread
making, spinning and weaving, use of pioneer tools and weapons, and old-time fiddling.
There is a registration fee. For more information call 601/ 442-2901.
and books offered in conjunction with anniversaries of the Brown v. Board
of Education decision and Freedom Summer:
Summer Social Studies Teachers Workshop, The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi,
will be held Tuesday, June 15, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Old Capitol
Museum of Mississippi History, Jackson, in conjunction with the Unsettling
Memories: Culture and Trauma in the Deep South conference in Jackson. Pre-registration
is required. For more information call 601/ 576-6920.
Some People of That Place: 1960s Holmes County, MississippiThe Local Black
People & Their Civil Rights Movement opens Tuesday, June 1, at
the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History, Jackson. Minnesotan Sue Sojourner
lived and worked as a civil rights organizer in Holmes County in the '60s. This
traveling exhibit, showing through August 1, is built around Ms. Sojourner's primary
documents and photographs from those years. For more information call 601/ 576-6920.
A new edition
of Now Is the Time, by Lillian Smith,
has been published by University Press of Mississippi. Originally published in
1955, a year after the Supreme Court's landmark Brown decision, Now Is the
Time is an impassioned plea for tolerance by one of the South's leading activists.
author of Killers of the Dream and two novels, One Hour and the
best-selling Strange Fruit, combines the genres of the personal essay,
documentary, confession, and propaganda in Now Is the Time to create a
moving defense of her vision of a more tolerant America. Copies available in paper,
Rights Chronicle: The African-American Struggle for Freedom, by
Clayborne Carson and others, with a foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams, is a comprehensive
history of the civil rights movement, richly illustrated with over 900 photographs
and graphics. The Chronicle features a detailed timeline of events and
heart-rending eyewitness accounts by central figures. Sidebars to the main text
describe personalities, legal landmarks, political developments, and philosophical
issues. Coverage begins with the 15th-century slave trade and continues to the
present day. Special attention is given to 1940-1975, the key years of the American
Civil Rights Movement. Available from Legacy Publishing, $19.95 cloth.
Point Guide Available
Sykes Points, Mississippi Projectile
popular guide to stone arrowheads, spear points, and knives in the state is available
again. Retired MDAH chief archaeologist Samuel O. McGahey's Mississippi Projectile
Point Guide, the fullest examination of the subject to date, has been reprinted.
First published in 2000, the guide quickly sold out of its initial print run.
on decades' worth of research through fieldwork and surveys of private collections,
McGahey focuses on projectile points from the Paleoindian, Archaic, and Woodland
periods. The guide describes the varying techniques and raw materials used to
manufacture the points, as well as their shapes and uses.
Projectile Point Guide is number thirty-one in the department's Archaeological
Report Series. The guide features 195 illustrations in its 219 pages and also
includes a glossary, state map, and list of reference works.
Copies may be purchased from the Old Capitol Shop, Jackson, for $20 each plus
$1.40 tax. Orders by mail should add shipping charges of $4 for the first book,
$1 for each additional book. To order this or other Archaeological Reports, call
the Old Capitol Shop at 601/ 576-6921.
at Mississippi History NOW
Stephen Cresswell, West Virginia Wesleyan College, explores the role of Mississippi
in the Progressive Movement for the June issue of Mississippi History NOW.
Cresswell defines Progressives as those who believed that politicians should combine
human compassion with the latest scientific and medical advances in tackling tough
problems. Progressivism as a political movement swept America beginning about
was first in the nation with two Progressive reforms. In 1902, Mississippi became
the first state in the nation to have primary elections, in which the citizens
voted directly to decide the nominee of each political party. In 1908 Mississippi
Progressives, helped by church leaders, secured passage of a law outlawing alcoholic
beverages. Later the U.S. Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment, making Prohibition
a nationwide policy.
One of the most important Progressive reforms was a 1908 law making it illegal
for factories to hire children under age twelve. But Mississippi was not so Progressive
in civil rights areas such as women's suffrage and race relations.
Cresswell's June article will share the front page with the May feature by Connie
Lester, Mississippi State University, on Governor Hugh White and his Balance Agriculture
with Industry program.
articles cover such topics as Vicksburg during the Civil War, the plight of white
sharecroppers and tenant farmers, and Ellen Woodward and women's work relief during
the Great Depression. All articles are stored on the site's Archive
History NOW is funded entirely through donations from individuals, companies,
and foundations, and by grants from the Mississippi Humanities Council, MDAH,
and the Mississippi Historical Society.
High School Project
the 1927 Houston High School building burned in 1973, its concrete Art Deco-style
columns were removed and installed in front of Houston's National Guard Armory
Building. Now school alumni and the city's board of aldermen and others have restored
the vintage columns, which will be the central feature of a memorial plaza in
front of the Houston Elementary School, built on the site of the old high school.
Carl Myatt, AIA, architect, general chairman, Houston High School Memorial Plaza
project, designed the plaza and coordinated the column restoration.