Mississippi College banner.  Accession number M1976.5, MDAH Museum Division collection.

Charles Henry Manship, born in 1812 in Talbot County, Maryland, was trained in Baltimore as an ornamental painter.  In 1836, Manship arrived in the small city of Jackson, at a time when skilled craftsmen were needed on the construction of new public buildings.  He soon opened a shop of his own where he sold paint and fine wallpapers.  Manship was also a skilled sign painter and banner maker.  The following article from The Comet, April 19, 1879, describes the fine workmanship of a banner Manship made for Mississippi College:

     “We were shown by Mr. Manship Monday a banner that he had just finished for the Hermenian and Philomethean Societies of the Mississippi College at Clinton.  It is made of white and blue silk, and the artistic skill displayed by Mr. Manship in painting and ornamenting it is simply magnificent; we are unable to describe it more minutely from the fact that the characters on it are peculiar to the society and with which we are not familiar, it is very pretty however and reflects great credit on Mr. Manship.”