Fri21Oct2016Sat22Oct20165:30 pmRust College, 150 Rust Ave, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635
Claiming Histories Event at Rust College
"Claiming Histories: Slavery and Remembrance in North Mississippi" began Friday, October 21st in the Rust College Heard Auditorium. It featured performing artist Alex Mercedes, and several speakers, including Alisea Williams McLeod (Chair of Humanities at Rust College) on archival justice and the Register of Freedmen; Justin Rogers (History, Doctoral Candidate, the University of Mississippi) on enslaved women and religious life in North Mississippi; and Jodi Skipper (University of Mississippi) on public memory and slavery in Mississippi.
Saturday’s program featured a libation ceremony to honor those who came before us, led by Memphis drummer Ekpe and his company. The program concluded with group discussions on slavery and its significance in the present. Gracing the Table, which engages the impact of enslavement on present communities, led those sessions. The program was sponsored by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council.
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