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The “Behind the Big House” Program Returns

Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs’s “Behind the Big House” Program returns for its seventh year, April 20 through 22nd, 2018, at the historic Hugh Craft House and adjacent slave quarters and kitchen in Holly Springs, Mississippi. This free event will offer visitors the complete antebellum story, with local and nationally-famous artisans, authors, historians and […]


Slave Dwellings: Rediscovering the Enslaved in North Mississippi

The University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group, in conjunction with Joseph McGill of The Slave Dwelling Project and Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs’s “Behind the Big House” Program, have some wonderful events on deck for Wednesday, April 18th. At 12 PM in the Tupelo Room in Barnard Observatory, join Jobie Hill, historic preservationist and architect, for a talk on […]


UMSRG Members to Participate in 8th Annual MLK Day Commemoration

The University of Mississippi Law School will host its eighth annual MLK Day commemoration, which celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:45 P.M. in Weems Auditorium. This year’s panel will focus on slavery and its connections to the legacy of Dr. King. Panelists include two members of […]


Plaques Contextualizing Slavery and Enslaved Labor on Campus to be Unveiled

On March 2, 2018, the University of Mississippi will unveil contextualization plaques initially recommended by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context (CACHC) for Barnard Observatory, Lamar Hall, Longstreet Hall, George Hall, and a plaque recognizing the university’s enslaved laborers in the construction of Barnard Observatory, the Old Chapel (now Croft), the Lyceum, and […]


UMSRG partners with Oxford Lafayette Heritage Foundation to Launch Map Project

Oxford Citizen Chaning Green | November 16, 2017 The Oxford Lafayette Heritage Foundation held their annual meeting Monday night at the Burns-Belfry Museum and Multi-Cultural Center where they unveiled a new interactive map system displaying the history of Lafayette County and its people. The maps are available online for free and show Lafayette County from […]


Slavery Research Group to Present Map Project

A partnership between the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group and the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation and has resulted in a new online resource that will make historic maps of Oxford and Lafayette County available to the public. An unveiling of the online maps will be presented at the heritage foundation’s annual meeting at 5:30 […]


Join UMSRG for a Twilight Tour of Campus

On Wednesday, October 18, a major symposium on “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, & the Built Landscape” will convene at the University of Virginia, with four members of the UMSRG participating. As part of these events, that evening our friend Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project will be leading more than 100 individuals at the University […]


Our Past Is Our Present: The Legacies of Slavery and School Segregation

The University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group presents alumnus Robert L. Reece, BA and MA sociology and Duke University PhD, now an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin, on Friday, October 13 at 3:30pm in the Barnard Observatory Tupelo Room.  


VIDEO: Opening Up History & Healing Wounds

The University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group presented a public lecture by George W. McDaniel, Ph.D., executive director emeritus of Drayton Hall, a historic house museum in Charleston, South Carolina, on the topic of Opening Up History and Healing Wounds: Choosing a Future for Confederate Memorials in the Overby Center Auditorium on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. […]


Founder of Georgetown Memory Project to Speak at UM

Richard Cellini, founder of the Georgetown Memory Project, will speak Monday (Sept. 18) at the University of Mississippi about how he helped identify descendants of slaves at Georgetown University. The event, set for 4-5 p.m. in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory, is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. […]