Directory Category: African American

Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum

The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum and Cultural Center of African and African American History was established to inspire, enlighten and enrich the lives of people everywhere by collecting, preserving and disseminating African and African-American contributions in the fields of history, art and culture in the United States and throughout the world.

Union County Heritage Museum

Exhibits in “Frenchman’s Bend”, an outdoor exhibit area, give the visitor interactive experiences and a feel for Mississippi’s rural culture with the Faulkner Literary Garden, the Storyteller’s Chair, Varner’s Country Store, a caboose, an early 20th century doctor’s office, a black smith shop, a 1950s auto body shop,  agricultural exhibits and great outdoor  folk art….

Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum

The Heritage Museum is housed in a renovated 1874 Mobile & Ohio railroad depot in the heart of Starkville and offers a rich view of the history and culture of Starkville and Oktibbeha County through a permanent collection of artifacts that provide a window into the community’s bygone era.

Roy Wilkins Collection

Papers, awards, memorabilia, civil rights material and other items belonging to the former executive secretary of the NAACP who was born in Marshall County.

Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center

The legacy of recently emancipated African Americans stands proudly today in tribute to their determination to build their own church. Their frame Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1867 near the Oxford Square was replaced in 1910 with a twin-steepled brick church. Following the building’s restoration in 2013, the Mississippi Landmark now serves the community as…

Belle Flower Missionary Baptist Church

Dated back to 1868, Belle Flower Missionary Baptist Church stands as the oldest African-American church in Grenada and the site of Civil Rights meetings.

Corinth Contraband Camp

Once President Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was issued in September 1862, the number of freedom seekers increased considerably in Union occupied Corinth. The Corinth Contraband Camp was established by Union General Grenville M. Dodge to accommodate these refugees. 

Rust College

Rust College is a historically Black, co-educational, senior liberal arts college founded in 1866 by the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church to offer quality programs in business, education, humanities, science, math and social science to prepare students for leadership and service in a global society.

Historic Railroad Crossing and Crossroads Museum

In addition to railroad and Civil War history, the museum is home to thousands of artifacts detailing the city’s rich history in both cultural and industrial pursuits. Exhibits paying homage to aviation pioneer Roscoe Turner, baseball star Don Blasingame, NFL grant Jackie Simpson, the Rotary Club’s impact on the community and the southern delicacy hot…