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July

July 17, 2019
Wednesday, July 17, 12 noon. Timothy B. Smith will present The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid through Mississippi.
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History Is Lunch programs are held in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium of the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, 222 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. Free, no reservations required. History Is Lunch is a brown bag series, and sandwiches and salads are for sale at the door. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email info@mdah.ms.gov.

July 25, 2019
Thursday, July 25, 6–7 p.m. at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Under the Light: A Closed Society. The Under the Light series takes visitors on a deep dive into each of its eight galleries. The subject of this edition of the series is the museum’s fourth gallery, A Closed Society, which will examine the impact that Emmett Till’s murder had on the Civil Rights Movement. Daphne Chamberlain, dean of the Division of Social Sciences at Tougaloo College, will present. The program will take place in This Little Light of Mine gallery. For more information call 601-576-6800 or email info@mscivilrightsmuseum.com.

July 25, 2019
Thursday, July 25, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Read, Engage, and Discover: Katina Rankin. Memphis news anchor and author Katina Rankin will read her book Medgar Evers: He Taught His Kids to Crawl so We Could Stand. She will sign copies of her books throughout the day. For more information call 601-576-6800 or email info@mscivilrightsmuseum.com.

August

August 03, 2019

Saturday, August 3, 1–2 p.m. at the Two Mississippi Museums. Shackles From the Deep: The Henrietta Marie. Award-winning journalist Michael Cottman will discuss his book Shackles From the Deep Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy. The book details the four years he spent researching the origin of the Henrietta Marie, retracing the route of the slave ship, and diving to the sea floor to explore the vessel’s remains.

Cottman will sign copies of his book following the presentation. Spirits of the Passage: the Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade—a special exhibit exploring the Henrietta Marie—will be free of charge throughout the day. There is no charge to attend the program, which will be held in the Ray and Nancy Neilsen Hall of History at the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

August 22, 2019
Thursday, August 22, 6–7 p.m. at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Under the Light: A Tremor in the Iceberg. The Under the Light series takes visitors on a deep dive into each of its eight galleries. The subject of this edition of the series is the museum’s fifth gallery, A Tremor in the Iceberg, which examines youth involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Millsaps College history professor Stephanie Rolph will present. The program will take place in This Little Light of Mine gallery. For more information call 601-576-6800 or email info@mscivilrightsmuseum.com.

September

September 17, 2019
Tuesday, September 17, 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. at the Two Mississippi Museums. Educator Evening. Mississippi teachers are invited for an evening of networking and museum exploration. During this free event, participants will journey through the museum galleries and use educational materials recently developed by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. For more information call 601-576-6997 or email outreachprograms@mdah.ms.gov.

September 26, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 6 p.m.–7 p.m. at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Under the Light: I Question America. The Under the Light series takes visitors on a deep dive into each of its eight galleries. The subject of this edition of the series is the museum’s sixth gallery, I Question America, which explores Mississippi Freedom Summer and the creation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

Dr. Leslie Mclemore will discuss his involvement in the movement and his relationship with Fannie Lou Hamer. Sharon Miles, director of education at New Stage Theater, will perform “Let it Shine: A Visit with Fannie Lou Hamer.” The program will take place in This Little Light of Mine gallery. For more information call 601-576-6800 or email info@mscivilrightsmuseum.com.