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On August 15, 2012, in Digital Archives, Photographs, by Amanda
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Senator Pat Harrison's Funeral at Gulfport, Miss., June 25, 1941. PI/COL/1982.0016, item 46 (MDAH)

Senator Pat Harrison's Funeral at Gulfport, Miss., June 25, 1941. PI/COL/1982.0016, item 46 (MDAH)

The Witbeck, C. W., Photograph Collection depicts people and places in towns and cities throughout Mississippi dating from 1911 through 1955. The 333 black-and-white photographs focus on Brookhaven, Gulfport, Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi. The collection also contains views of Monticello, Meadville and Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The earliest print, from 1911, is of McGrath’s Baseball Team in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

The collection includes 18 photographs of Governor Hugh White’s inauguration (January 22, 1952), 62 photographs of the United States Naval Training School in Gulfport (July 17, 1950), 35 photographs of Senator Pat Harrison’s funeral (June 25, 1941), 19 photographs of the Mississippi Highway Patrol General Assembly (August 3, 1950), 18 photographs of the Masonic Building fire in Brookhaven (March 25-26, 1951), 13 photographs of a Wesson Lions Club event (March 26, 1951), 11 photographs of the Whitworth College Coronation Pageant (May 29, 1950), and 5 photographs of African-American Little Leaguers in Brookhaven (June 15, 1955).

Pictured above is the 1941 funeral of Byron Patton “Pat” Harrison who represented Mississippi in the United States Congress for many years. He served in the House of Representatives from 1911-1919 and the Senate from 1919-1941. See Westley F. Busbee, Jr., Mississippi: A History (Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, Inc., 2005), 209.

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Gov. White, Mayor Thompson and military officers salute from convertible automobiles parked in front of The Edwards Hotel. Call Number: PI/COL/1984.0019, item 51 (MDAH)

Gov. White, Mayor Thompson and military officers salute from convertible automobiles parked in front of The Edwards Hotel. Call Number: PI/COL/1984.0019, item 51 (MDAH)

The Lars Johnson Collection (PI/COL/1984.0019) is now available online. It depicts scenes of Jackson during the mid-twentieth century, including politicians, public works projects, city scenes, and more. To view the collection, please visit the MDAH online catalog and search for “PI/COL/1984.0019″

Picture made on South West Street, looking south, July 17, 1950. Call Number: PI/COL/1984.0019 (MDAH)

Picture made on South West Street, looking south, July 17, 1950. Call Number: PI/COL/1984.0019, item 6 (MDAH)

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This week marks the third anniversary since the re-opening of the Old Capitol Museum after its post-Katrina restoration. These photographs of the 2007-2008 restoration were taken by OCM Director Clay Williams.

Old Capitol Restoration senate chamber

Work on the ceiling of the Senate Chamber

Old Capitol Restoration senate floor

Working on the floor of the Senate Chamber

Old Capitol Restoration state library

Scaffolding in the State Library

Old Capitol Restoration exterior

Rear view of the Old Capitol

View more photos in the Old Capitol Restoration Gallery. Old Capitol Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m., free of charge. Located at Capitol and State Streets in downtown Jackson, parking in rear.

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Old Capitol Museum exterior

Today marks the third anniversary of the grand opening of the Old Capitol Museum after its post-Katrina restoration. OCM Director Clay Williams documented the 2007-2008 restoration of this National Historic Landmark in hundreds of photographs. We have selected a few to look at here, but you can view more in the Restoration Gallery. Read more about the restoration here.

Old Capitol restoration House Chamber

Workers in the House of Representatives Chamber

Old Capitol Restoration 1st floor corridor

Plaster work in 1st floor corridor

Old Capitol Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m., free of charge. Located at Capitol and State Streets in downtown Jackson, parking in rear.

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Mississippi inaugurated a new governor and other state officials this week. This series brings you historic photographs of past inauguration ceremonies, inaugural parades, and inaugural balls from the MDAH collection.

Governor Hugh White's Inaugural Parade, January 22, 1952. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0016, item 296 (MDAH Collection)

Governor Hugh L. White's Inaugural Parade, January 22, 1952. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0016, item 296 (MDAH Collection)

Colonels in inauguration parade of Hugh L. White, 1952. Call Number: PI/2002.0002, item 12 (MDAH Collection)

Colonels in inauguration parade of Hugh L. White, 1952. Call Number: PI/2002.0002, item 12 (MDAH Collection)

Horse drawn carriage at Ross Barnett's inaugural parade. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 260 (MDAH Collection)

Horse drawn carriage at Ross Barnett's inaugural parade. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 260 (MDAH Collection)

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