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Display of Art Collections by African and African American artists. Artifacts and historical documents are housed in the historic Spires Bolling Home and birthplace of famed journalist and women's activist, Ida B. Wells.
c. 1905. Gothic Revival-style church thought to be the largest church built and owned by African-Americans in Mississippi.
Vicksburg's only museum for the exclusive study of history and culture of people of African descent in the Vicksburg-Warren County area. The collection of over 20,000 items has material in all formats: photographs, books, manuscripts, music, posters, newspapers, and rare ephemera. In addition, the collection houses selected artifacts, including items dating back to the slave period.
Born in October 1899, Joe Callicott spent his whole life in the area south of Memphis. His chief musical associate was Garfield Akers and it was as Akers’ second guitarist that he made his first recording in 1929. Open year-round.
c. 1880. Gothic Revival-style church was founded, by King Solomon as a mission in 1859, under the name of Mount Pleasant Baptist Association.
c. 1820. The only building associated with a free African-American that dates to the late territorial or early statehood period. This frame cottage is a rare surviving example of the small residences that once dotted the streets of downtown Natchez.
Little Jr. Parker sang in gospel groups as a child, and played on the various blues circuits beginning in his teenage years. His biggest influence as a harmonica player was Sonny Boy Williamson, with whom he worked before moving on to work for Howlin' Wolf in 1949. In 1950, he was a member of Memphis's ad hoc group, the Beale Streeters, with Bobby 'Blue' Bland and B.B. King. Ike Turner signed him to Modern Records label where he came to the attention of Sam Phillips. He had a string of hits before his death on Nov. 18, 1971, at age 39, during surgery for a brain tumor.
This cultural preservation research resource center houses significant records of the late Margaret Walker Alexander.
This city library is located in the former neighborhood of Medgar Evers, first field secretary for the NAACP, on the street renamed in his honor. View his life-sized bronze statue. Evers was the first field secretary for the NAACP in Jackson, at the time of his death, June 12, 1963.
Memphis Minnie, one of the best female blues singer of all times, was among twenty performers inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980.
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