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Living historians will portray well-known and nearly forgotten Mississippians at the ninth annual Present Meets Past from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, at the Old Capitol Museum.

“Present Meets Past is one of our most popular programs,” said Old Capitol Museum director Lauren Miller. “It is a personal glimpse into our state’s history that children and adults can enjoy.”

Nine historical figures will be stationed throughout the building, ready to discuss the events of their times: Fannie Lou Hamer, civil rights activist and leader in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party; William Lattimore, delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the Mississippi Territory; Governor Andrew Longino who served from 1900 to 1904; John Roy Lynch, African American member of the legislature during the Reconstruction Era; Burnita Shelton Matthews, suffragist, legal pioneer, and first woman ever appointed to federal trial court; Isaiah T. Montgomery, founder of Mound Bayou and delegate to the 1890 Constitutional Convention; anti-lynching activist and writer Ida B. Wells; and novelist and playwright Stark Young.

Visitors are invited to ask questions and interact with the performers. There is no charge. For more information, call 601-576-6920 or email

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