Traveling Exhibits

Engage and inspire your community with one of our traveling exhibits with topics such as women in Mississippi history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty’s writings and photographs, Medgar Evers, and the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement.

Professionally designed to be highly mobile, versatile, and ready-to-hang, each exhibit consists primarily of wall panels that include images and text.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History Traveling Exhibits are available for free for in-state institutions. Out-of-state organizations may request the exhibits for $500 apiece. Each exhibit is booked for eight week increments.

To learn more about how to host a traveling exhibit, contact us at outreachprograms@mdah.ms.gov or call 601-576-6997.

Eudora Welty: Other Places

The exhibit presents photographs Eudora Welty took during her travels to New Orleans and New York City between 1936 and 1939. During the winter of 1936, Welty’s camera focused not on the festive Mardi Gras celebrations, parades, and balls in New Orleans, but rather on gestures, ironic juxtapositions, and the human interactions and relationships that so fascinated her.

Welty’s camera continued to seek out less commonplace subjects during several weeks spent in Manhattan during the winter of 1938 to 1939. Wandering through Union Square and down Third Avenue, she photographed the shadows and patterns of light on the elevated subway, the street over which it loomed, and groups of unemployed men gathering to hear speeches and wait for jobs.

Visit the Eudora Welty House & Garden for more information about Eudora Welty’s life and work.

Eudora Welty: Other Places Exhibit Specifications

  • Twenty-two (22) panels: 20” x 24”
  • Photo panels include metal frames, Plexiglas and hanging wire
  • One (1) shipping crate
    • Crate size: 200 lbs. 23” (h) x 28” (w) x 33” (l)

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Photographs in this exhibit are courtesy Eudora Welty L.L.C., and the Eudora Welty Collection of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The exhibit was funded in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, The Foundation for Mississippi History, Mississippi Humanities Council, Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Freedom Rides: Journey For Change

This exhibit focuses on one of the most prominent events in Civil Rights history and includes images of the bombing of a Greyhound bus outside of Anniston, Alabama; the journey from Montgomery to Jackson; Freedom Riders at the Greyhound Bus Station in Jackson; Freedom Riders at the Jackson airport; mugshots; and Freedom Riders going to trial in Jackson. Many of the images were taken from the original film footage in the WLBT News Film Collection. A DVD of the original WLBT film footage of the Freedom Riders is included in the exhibit.

The Freedom Rides: Journey for Change Exhibit Specifications

  • Fifteen (15) panels
    • 36” (h) x 24” (w) x 1.25” (d), for panels # 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15
    • 24” (h) x 36” (w) x 1.25” (d), for panels # 2, 9, 12
  • Photo panels include metal frames and hanging wire
  • Two (2) shipping crates
    • Crate sizes:
      •  113 lbs. 27- ½” (h) x 20-3/4” (w) x 38-3/4” (l)
      • 105 lbs. 27-1/2” (h) x 18-7/16” (w) x 38-3/4” (l)

Inspiring the Next Generation: Exceptional Mississippi Women

“Inspiring the Next Generation: Exceptional Mississippi Women” shows how women have long been champions for progress in education, civil rights, and social reform. The exhibit highlights thirty-two women who shaped Mississippi and the nation, through the arts, civil rights, sports, writing, suffrage, education, and government and law. The women featured in this exhibit include Fannie Lou Hamer, Leontyne Price, and Burnita Shelton Matthews.

A DVD entitled Magnificent Mississippi Women is included with the exhibit.

Exhibit Specifications

  • Ten (10) panels: 24” x 36”
  • Photo panels include metal frames and hanging wire
  • One (1) shipping crate
    • Crate size: 195 lbs. 27” (h) x 25” (w) x 39” (l)

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“Stand Up!”: Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964

This exhibit examines the events of Freedom Summer that made Mississippi the central battleground of the Civil Rights Movement. Hundreds of northern students, most of them white, joined black Mississippians to register voters, conduct Freedom Schools, and promote civil rights.

This exhibit examines the events of that memorable and violent summer and is accompanied by an original film incorporating historic film footage taken during the summer of 1964, as well as Educating for Democracy, a collection of primary source documents related to Freedom Summer.

Also included is the companion exhibit “Murder in Neshoba.” It examines the disappearance and murder of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, civil rights workers in Neshoba County.

Exhibit Specifications
  • Sixteen (16) panels
    • 36” (h) x 24” (w) x 1.25” (d), for panels # 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16
    • 24” (h) x 36” (w) x 1.25” (d), for panels # 4, 8, 9, 10, 14
    • 33” (h) x 24” (w) x 1.25” (d), for panel #5
  • Photo panels include metal frames and hanging wire
  • Two (2) Shipping Crates
    • Crate Sizes:
    • 150 lbs. 28” (l) x 28.5” (w) x 39.75” (h)
    • 150 lbs. 28” (l) x 28.5” (w) x 39.75” (h)
Complimentary Exhibit Specifications
  • Fifteen (15) panels
    • 36” (h) x 24” (w) x 1.25” (d), for panels # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14
    • 24” (h) x 36” (w) x 1.25” (d), for panels # 12, 15
  • Photo panels include metal frames and hanging wire
  • One (1) Shipping Crate
    • Crate Size: 200 lbs. 28” (l) x 38.5” (w) x 39.75” (h)

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This is Home: Medgar Evers, Mississippi, and the Movement

This exhibit looks at the life and death of Medgar Wiley Evers, one of Mississippi’s most prominent Civil Rights activists. Evers served as the field secretary for the Mississippi NAACP. He crisscrossed the state, investigating cases of racial violence and intimidation, organizing local NAACP branch offices, and registering voters. Evers worked closely with regional and national NAACP offices and other civil rights organizations and helped focus national attention on the intense social and political issues plaguing the state.

Evers continued to work for the NAACP until June 12, 1963, when he was assassinated in the driveway of his Jackson home. He had known his life was at risk, but even at the end, facing entrenched opposition and grave danger, Evers never relented in his fight for justice, a legacy that has lived on today.

The complimentary exhibit “The Assassination of Medgar Evers” consists of nine additional panels and is available in conjunction with “This Is Home.”

Exhibit Specifications

 

Sixteen (16) panels:

  •  24”(h) x 36”(w) x 1.25”(d) for panels # 4, 11, 14

  •  36”(h) x 24” (w) x 1.25”(d) for panels # 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15

  • 24” (h) x 35” (w) x 1.25” (d) for panel # 16

Photo panels include metal frames and hanging wire

Two (2) Shipping Crates

  • Crate Sizes:

    • 125 lbs. 24” (w) x 39” (l) x 27” (h)

    • 115 lbs. 22” (w) x 39” (l) x 27” (h)

Complimentary Exhibit Specifications
  • Nine (9) panels
    • 24”(h) x 27”(w) x 1.25”(d) for panels # 3, 4, 6
    • 36”(h) x 24” (w) x 1.25”(d) for panels # 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9
  • Photo panels include metal frames and hanging wire
  • One (1) Shipping Crate
    • Crate Size: 135 lbs. 26” (w) x 26” (l) x 38” (h)

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Through The Lens: Copiah County Truck Farming

After the Civil War, Mississippi farmers struggled with their dependence on cotton. Modernization of farming practices and crop diversification was advocated, and over time truck farming—growing large crops of fruits or vegetables to be shipped to distant markets—proved to be an effective method.

This exhibit explores photographer Luther M. Hamilton’s documentation of the changes truck farming brought to his community of Crystal Springs. These photographs, now in the collection of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, provide a unique look at a changing community and a new direction for Mississippi agriculture.

Exhibit Specifications

  • Fourteen (14) panels: 22 1/2” x 19”
  • Photo panels include metal frames and hanging wire
  • One (1) shipping crate
    • Crate size: 126 lbs. 22” (h) x 25 1/4” (w) x 35 1/4” (l)

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Welty

During the early 1930s, Eudora Welty traveled across Mississippi as a publicist for the Works Progress Administration and used the opportunity to take hundreds of photographs of her native state. “Welty” juxtaposes some of these photographs with excerpts from her writing to show the relationship between her source material and her writing.

This exhibit comprises fourteen photographs and passages from her books, including The Wide Net, Delta Wedding, The Golden Apples, A Curtain of Green, and Some Notes on River Country. The photographs were selected from more than 1,200 negatives that Welty donated to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Visit the Eudora Welty House for more information on Eudora Welty’s life and work.

Exhibit Specifications

  • Fourteen (14) panels: 18 1/4” x 27 1/4”
  • Photo panels include metal frames, Plexiglas, and hanging wire
  • One (1) shipping crate
    • Crate size: 130 lbs. 22 1/2” (h) x 22 1/2” (w) x 35 1/4” (l)

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