1883: George Ohr builds first pottery studio in Biloxi

Pinch pot by George Ohr (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)
Pinch pot by George Ohr

While his work was not widely known during his lifetime, George Ohr (1857-1918) is now considered one of the United States’ finest artist-potters. The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi is dedicated to promoting his work and legacy.

1883: Natchez Seminary becomes Jackson College

The school was relocated from Natchez to a site just north of the Jackson city limits, where Millsaps College is today.  It was later moved to a 150-acre site in West Jackson and became Jackson State University in 1974.

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