University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group

The University of Mississippi

UMSRG Goals

  • Create opportunities for University of Mississippi (UM) students and faculty interested in studying slavery, Indian removal, settler colonialism and the legacies of slavery
  • Bring state of the art research techniques and methodologies for exploring these issues to the UM campus
  • Support these efforts through external grants and funding opportunities
  • Become known as a site for innovative practices in American slavery research through the use of traditional manuscript collections, archaeology, public anthropology, cultural geography, historical comparative sociology, ethnography/oral history, critical race analysis, literary analysis and engaged community research
  • Become a clearinghouse for scholars interested in studying slavery in general and slavery in the lower south, in particular. Develop visiting scholars’ program.
  • Build connections among our campus community interested in these issues: Partners 
  • Develop classes on “Slavery and the University of Mississippi” for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Build connections to our local community: Oxford and Lafayette County schools, Oxford and Lafayette history groups; Holly Springs and Pontotoc as well
  • Develop summer classes for Mississippi teachers and community members on the history of slavery on campus and in North Mississippi generally
  • Build connections to our statewide community: Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson
  • Build connections to the larger national discussion on slavery and the University: e.g. Brown University Center for Study of Slavery and Justice, University of Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Alcorn, Mississippi State
  • Build connections to the larger national and global discussion on slavery: Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, Smithsonian Institution
  • Build a permanent site or destination for students and visitors to learn about slavery on campus and in North Mississippi generally by exhibiting artificats and objects related to slavery our locale