University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group

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UMSRG Members to Present at Symposium in Charlottesville

Four members of the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group will travel to Charlottesville, Virginia in late October to share their findings at the “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, and the Built Landscape” symposium, which will be hosted by the Nau Center for Civil War Studies, The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Affairs, […]

The South Reporter: Leading Architectural Historians Visit Slave Quarters in Holly Springs

The South Reporter August 17, 2017 Holly Springs is the site of several of the state’s most intact slave quarters. With over 22 identified former quarters for enslaved persons, Holly Springs is the focus of increased interest from nationally known academic and tourism experts. These historic buildings are in great need of study and documentation. […]

NYT: Ole Miss Edges Out of Its Confederate Shadow, Gingerly

The New York Times Stephanie Saul | August 9, 2017 OXFORD, Miss. — Other than William Faulkner and the father and son quarterbacks Archie and Eli Manning, few figures in this town’s history are better known locally than Lucius Q. C. Lamar. A professor at Ole Miss before and after the Civil War, he served […]

Edge Effects Magazine: A Conversation with Jeffrey Jackson and Charles Ross on Ole Miss and the Shadow of Slavery

Edge Effects Magazine By Brian Hamilton | May 17, 2017 In the last fifteen years, slavery has gone to college. Or, rather, colleges and universities have taken themselves back to school. Initiatives at several of the nation’s oldest, most elite institutions have sought to uncover their historical entanglements with slavery, which went overlooked—often willfully—for generations. […]

Faulkner and Slavery Conference to Take Place in July 2018

Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha July 22-26, 2018 Announcement and Call For Papers During his apprenticeship and early years as a published writer, William Faulkner evinced little serious interest in the issue of slavery or in the lives of the enslaved: their experiences, words, deeds, interiority, personal relationships, or historical legacies. This is perhaps surprising, given the fact of […]

Jodi Skipper

UMSRG Member Named Prestigious Whiting Fellow

Fresh off winning this year’s Mississippi Humanities Council Scholar Award, University of Mississippi Professor Jodi Skipper has received another accolade, this one a national honor. Skipper, assistant professor of anthropology and Southern Studies, has been awarded a prestigious Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship from the Whiting Foundation, a Brooklyn, New York-based organization that has a long history of […]

Brown Bag: Slavery and Public History in Natchez

“William Johnson, Diarist: Concepts of Race and Class in Our Understanding of Old Natchez” The series of personal journals maintained between 1835 and 1851 by Natchez barber William Johnson, a free man of color, provide valuable and fascinating insights into the complex world of a prosperous Mississippi river town in the years before the Civil […]

Brown Bag: Slavery and Public History in Charleston

In this presentation, Dr. Mary Battle describes challenges and opportunities for promoting public awareness of the history of slavery and its race and class legacies in Charleston, South Carolina. Battle’s research focuses on underrepresented histories in Charleston’s 21st century historic tourism landscape. Until January 2017, she worked as the Public Historian at the College of Charleston’s […]

UMSRG Member Jodi Skipper Receives Humanities Scholar Award

A University of Mississippi anthropology and Southern Studies professor is among five people being honored this month by the Mississippi Humanities Council. Jodi Skipper will receive the Humanities Scholar Award on Feb. 10 during the council’s 2017 Public Humanities Awards program in Jackson. The agency recognizes outstanding contributions by Mississippians to the study and understanding of the humanities. […]

DAACS Director Jillian Galle Visits UM

Jillian Galle, project director of the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) at Monticello, worked with Maureen Meyers, assistant professor of anthropology, Tony Boudreaux, associate professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Archaeological Research, and the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group on their new archaeological project at Rowan Oak in November […]