The Milburn J. Crowe Photograph Album is an interesting treasure from the MDAH collection. It documents the people of the Davis Bend and Mound Bayou African American communities. The Davis Bend community was founded by freed slaves who lived there from 1867 to 1886, when several factors forced the closure of the town. Mound Bayou was then formed as a self-governing African American town in 1887 by Isaiah Montgomery and Benjamin Green, who had been members of the Davis Bend colony. Read more about them in the Collection Description for the photograph album.
Charles T. Christmas, a former slave from Riverton, Bolivar County, Mississippi, made this baling press patent model. The model was patented on May 25, 1880. Christmas designed the press to make cotton bales more compact and, thus, cut shipping costs. This is one of several patent models in the collection of the Museum Division.
Artifacts from the Museum Division collection that are not on exhibit are available for viewing by appointment. Please contact Nan Prince, Asst. Director of Collections, by email to schedule an appointment.
The archives staff has scanned and linked more maps to their online catalog records. This means that you can view them online as Zoomify JPEG files! Click on the links below to go to the map’s catalog record, once there click “Link to Electronic Resource” to view the map.