Freedom Day, also known as Juneteenth or Emancipation Day, is celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865.Link to the catalog
1890: Mississippi Constitution of 1890 adopted
By instituting poll taxes and literacy tests, the new constitution kept most African Americans and many poor whites from voting.
1890: Windsor, the largest antebellum mansion built in Mississippi, burns
The Windsor Plantation was located in Claiborne County near Port Gibson.
Image: Photograph of sketch of Windsor mansion drawn by Henry Otis Dwight of the 20th Ohio Infantry during the Civil War (original in collection of Ohio Historical Society).Link to the catalog
1890: John M. Stone returns as Mississippi’s thirty-third governor
1890: Grand Opera House opens in Meridian
1890: James K. Vardaman is elected to state legislature
A fierce advocate of white supremacy, Vardaman would go on to serve as governor from 1904 to 1908. He remained a force in Mississippi politics for decades after his term as governor.
1890: Campbell College organized at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Vicksburg
Campbell College was the first African American college in Mississippi to be established without the aid of whites. Sponsored by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, it had campuses at Vicksburg and Friar’s Point. These were consolidated in 1898 and moved to Jackson near Jackson State College. Campbell College closed in 1965.
1890: Millsaps College established in Jackson
Millsaps was founded with a gift of $50,000 from Major Reuben Webster Millsaps, with matching contributions from Mississippi Methodists. A native of Pleasant Valley, Mississippi, Major Millsaps devoted his life to Millsaps. Grenada and Whitworth colleges later merged with Millsaps.Link to the catalog