Exhibits & Publications:
Still got the Blues
From original record contracts for Elmore James and Sonny Boy Williamson, rare sound recordings by Robert Johnson and Charlie Patton, artwork by Lightnin' Hopkins and James "Son" Thomas and records from B.B. King's personal record collection, this exhibit traced the blues back to its origins.
Hail to the Chief!
"Hail to the Chief!" traces the history of presidential campaigns and elections in the Magnolia State and features original letters, photographs, documents, and ephemera related to presidents ranging from George Washington to George Bush.
Southern Hospitality: An Exhibition of Mississippi Mysteries
An historical overview of the genre from the 1840s through the present. Featuring authors such as W.C. Falkner, Ben Ames Williams, Newton Gayle, Elliott Chaze, Julie Smith, Ace Atkins, Thomas Harris, Nevada Barr, Carolyn Haines, Martin Hegwood, Charlaine Harris, and many more.
Civil Rights, Mississippi, and the Novelist's Craft
The authors showcased in this exhibit have chosen to utilize the very real drama of the Civil Rights Movement within their own fictional creations. This exhibition was on display August 1st, 2002 until November 4th, 2002.
Segregation Through the Lens
This exhibit examines the African American education system in Mississippi before integration. This exhibition is on display from November 4th, 2002 until April 1st, 2003.
We Cannot Walk Alone
An exhibit devoted to the experiences and family histories of Lafayette County's African-American community from Reconstruction through the Civil Rights Movement and into the early 1970s. The exhibit combines materials already held in Special Collections with collections on loan from members of the community. The Exhibition will be displayed April 1st, 2003 until September 1st, 2003.