5 Historically Awesome Places to Visit in Mississippi
February is our annual celebration of the achievements of African-American people and a time for recognizing our success. Our integral roles have made a difference in the world. Additionally, our undying love and appreciation of our culture are emotions that we proudly express every day. African-American culture is both distinct and influential to the lifestyles of so many Americans. This year, I wanted to highlight the best places to visit in Mississippi for Black history. All museums are found in North, Central, and Southern Mississippi. As a Mississippi native, I felt it important to showcase the exhibits that celebrate Black history. Moreover, there’s so much to be inspired by in the Magnolia State.
African American Military History Museum
The African-American Military Museum is the only building remaining for African-American soldiers in the United States. The museum educates the public about African-American contributions in the military. The museum is located on 6th Street, in Hattiesburg, and offers free admission to guests who visit the exhibits.
Some of the exhibits that you can explore:
The Founding of Hattiesburg
World War I & II
Go to their website to learn more about how you can tour the museum or make a donation!
Delta Blues Museum
Delta Blues Museum is where you go to explore the history and heritage of the American Blues genre. If you’re looking to find meaning or perspective about the blues and its origin, this museum is located in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Moreover, known as “the crossroads” of interstate sections HWY 61 and HWY 49.
The museum is dedicated to the mission of preserving the story of the blues, as many legendary Blues music artists are born near Clarksdale, MS (Muddy Waters, Ike Turner,Sam Cooke).
This February, the museum has several historical exhibits that include:
Ike Turner and Rocket 88, Panny Mayfield: Live from the Mississippi Delta
Don Nix: Memphis Man Living High, Laying Low
Blue Portraits in Steel
For those looking to purchase tickets to tour The Delta Blues Museum, general admission is $10. Check out their website for brochures, pricing, tickets, or donations.
The Grammy Museum
The Grammy family is in Mississippi! The Recording Academy Grammy Museum provides unique learning opportunities about the creative and technological processes of Mississippi recording artists. The Grammy Museum, located in Cleveland, Mississippi, is an interactive celebration of music. In 2011, the 28,000-square-foot museum was built on the campus of Delta State University and has provided inspirational and educational public programs featuring exhibits, film, lectures, and intimate performances.
Additionally, this month the museum features the celebration of Jermaine Dupri, 25 Years of Jermaine Dupri and SoSoDef. Exhibit highlights include:
The museum has eight interactive exhibits that include:
Mississippi Freedom Struggle
Mississippi in Black and White
This Little Light of Mine
A Closed Society
A Tremor in the Iceberg
I Question America
Where Do We Go From Here?
Be sure to check out the Civil Rights website often, as it also lists special events happening throughout Black History Month. General Admission is $10 for adults and as of 2020, the museum now offers audio tours!
Mary O’Keefe Cultural Center
The Gulf Coast has Black History events and programs throughout the month also. The Mary O’Keefe Cultural Center (Ocean Springs), will be hosting events on February 7th, 15th, and 28th 2020 for local Black artists and businesses. Two events have free admission, and if you’re going to check out the live performances event, admission is only $5. If you are an artist or business owner, this is a great opportunity to showcase your talent and promote your brand. Check out their website for additional information.
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