We Have Been Believers

February 9, 2017

MSU Libraries exhibit highlights African-American life in Mississippi from 1835-1970

Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library is excited to announce its new exhibit, “WE HAVE BEEN BELIEVERS”: AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE IN MISSISSIPPI, 1835-1970.” Located on the second floor of the library, the exhibit showcases items from Mississippi State University Special Collections that represent the lives of African Americans in Mississippi in the 19th and 20th centuries, with an emphasis on education, business, civil rights, and African American Mississippi writers.

The exhibit features photographs, broadsides, pamphlets, school catalogs, correspondence, and books from the Manuscripts, Mississippiana, and Rare Books departments. Highlights include Civil Rights era campaign and protest posters featuring Fannie Lou Hamer and Aaron Henry, from the Clay County Civil Rights Collection; 1890 Alcorn A&M College March sheet music, from the Bettye Forbes Collection; and a 19th century tavern license for Amy Johnson, a free African American from Natchez, from the Todd A. Herring Collection.

The exhibit is open during library hours through the end of February.

For further information, please contact Jessica Perkins Smith at jsmith@library.msstate.edu.