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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. […]


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 […]