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University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group
The University of Mississippi


the old kitchen behind Rowan Oak for select students and faculty members. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

The old kitchen behind Rowan Oak. Photo by Robert Jordan/UM Communications

Currently, the highest fundraising priority among the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group’s scholarly work is attracting resources to examine, interpret, and renovate the servants’ quarters at Rowan Oak, the home of novelist William Faulkner.

Our faculty and staff—with the assistance of the foremost architectural historians specializing in the architecture of slave dwellings in the 18th- and 19th-century United States—will examine and document the architectural and archaeological history at Rowan Oak in an effort to better understand the lives of African Americans who lived and worked on the property during the property’s pre-Faulkner years (1846-1930) and its post-Faulkner years (1930-1962).

This fund, as it grows, will also allow for additional staff at Rowan Oak, renovations, and exhibition development. The impact of your support will be seen as the University of Mississippi provides a deeper understanding of history and shares a multidimensional story with students of all ages, researchers from all corners of the globe, and members of the general public who visit Rowan Oak on a daily basis. The initiative also provides a viewable working laboratory for students, faculty, and archivists to uncover history in ways that will benefit the public in perpetuity.

Thank you in advance for your interest in supporting this important cultural and historical preservation initiative.

To make a gift, visit, or mail a check with “Rowan Oak Servant Quarters Fund” in the memo line to the University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University Ave., Oxford, MS 38655. For more information on supporting the work of the UM Slavery Research Group, contact Katie Morrison, development director, at 662-915-2135.