Museum of Mississippi History
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Florence Mars’ Typewriter and Lunchbox

2013.17.7,10 – Florence Mars used this typewriter while writing the book Witness in Philadelphia about the murders of three civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, in her hometown of Philadelphia in 1964. An outspoken critic of the murders and other violence perpetrated against African Americans and civil rights workers, Mars became Read More…

Enduring Cultures

2014.29.1ab-3 – This beaded necklace and collar, cooking pot, and ceremonial fan are all modern pieces made by artisans from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The jewelry pieces are modern based on tradition styles. The pottery cooking pot, or Chahta Shutushi, is a miniature of the style that Choctaw people made 800 years ago in Read More…

Hunting Horn

2014.43.6 – This carved hunting horn was made by the father of Minerva Sykes of Lowndes County, Mississippi, who was possibly born enslaved. The horn was donated by Rufus Ward and is on display in the Museum of Mississippi History.

Fingerprint Cameras and Kits

2014.4.1 – The Jackson Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation used fingerprint cameras and kits like this one in investigations throughout the state. After closing the office in the 1940s, the FBI reopened it in July 1964, during the height of Freedom Summer to handle investigations into civil rights cases. The FBI was Read More…

William Duffner

2013.52.1 – William Duffner, a Union soldier in the 24th Indiana Infantry, made this double-rocker chair, commemorating the Battle of Port Gibson, for his Confederate soldier friend, A.K. “Kell” Shaifer Jr., who lived in Port Gibson, Mississippi. The two men developed a friendship through correspondence after the Civil War. This rocking chair was handed down Read More…

“Harvesting Cotton/ Bringing to Store”

2013.50.2 – Byron Burford created this oil painting on Masonite entitled “Harvesting Cotton/ Bringing to Store” for submission in the New Deal Art program administered by U.S. Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture in the 1940s. This program was created to solicit paintings and sculptures for newly designed federal buildings and post offices. Burford, who Read More…

Paul Canonici

2013.14.1 – Paul and Joe Canonici grew up in the predominantly African American community of Shaw.  After Joe helped black residents register to vote, segregationists burned a cross outside his general store. Paul created this sculpture from the charred remains. Paul described the artwork in the following way: “The black charred wood on a black background is in Read More…

“How We Live”

2013.39.18 – Most galleries in the Museum of Mississippi History feature a How We Live exhibit that shows an everyday scene in the life of a Mississippi family during that time period. The Forging Ahead gallery features a 1980s living room. This How We Live exhibit features examples of two major innovations that changed the Read More…