Lift Every Voice and Sing is a narrative quilt inspired by the James Weldon Jones poem of the same name.It will be displayed in the MCRM.

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The double rocker was made and painted by Union Veteran William Duffner of Mitchell, Indiana and given to Confederate veteran A.K. Shaifer, Jr. in 1870.

MDAH is actively seeking artifacts to help tell the stories of Mississippi history. Recent acquisitions include three narrative quilts by acclaimed textile artist Gwendolyn Magee and a unique nineteenth century rocking chair made to commemorate a friendship that crossed Civil War lines.

All donated items will be preserved to meet the highest professional standards using the state-of-the-art collection care facilities planned for the two museums. Interested in donating an artifact or simply learning more about your personal items? Please email


Areas of collecting interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 1950s-2000s
  • African American
  • Civil Rights Era
  • Ethnic Immigrant
  • Industry
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • Native American
  • Natural Disasters
  • Reconstruction Era
  • Statehood Period
  • Territorial Period
  • Transportation
  • U.S. Military
  • Woman Suffrage

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