Uncovering Mississippi’s Hidden History: How to Participate


All too often students learn about national heroes and not the people in their own state and communities who have made history, behind the scenes.

Now students and teachers have a mechanism for teaching others about Mississippi people’s history, beyond the headlines.

crt-history-pinWhere can you find this history?

  • Personal diaries and letters.
  • Photographs.
  • Newspapers articles.
  • Songs.
  • Fliers and commemorative brochures.
  • Oral history interviews.
  • Gravestones.

The pins can include photos of sites of historic note that you walk by every day and stories from people in your community.

What History Should I Pin?

Highlight a story in Mississippi history, with a preference for stories that are not well known and that reflect the role that every day people play in shaping this country.

While the emphasis will be on stories and images posted by Mississippi students and teachers, the project page is open for anyone in the world who would like to post.

How Can I Pin a Photo or Story?

It is very easy to add content to the map. Here is how:

  1. Create a Historypin profile for yourself, your classroom, or your organization
  2. Check out the How-To Guides to get familiar with Historypin.
  3. Go to the Mississippi project page and click on “Pin your memories.”

Here are some sources of information about Mississippi history.

Research Centers and Archives

Name Description Type of Info
Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) House Opened in 2011 by Jackson State University, the Center seeks to preserve the past and foster the development of future leaders and community builders.


Civil Rights Movement Veterans Website Resources on the Southern Freedom Movement compiled by those who lived it. Includes a bibliography, timelines, photos, primary source documents, and lists of speakers.


Margaret Walker Center Archives at Jackson State University Honors the academic and artistic legacy of writer Margaret Walker through archival collections, exhibits, and public programs.


Mississippi Department of Archives and History A comprehensive historical agency, the department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the State of Mississippi.


Mississippi History Now An electronic publication offering a wide variety of essays on the history of Mississippi, covering the periods from prehistory through the 20th century.


Samuel Proctor Oral History Program For the past several years, a team of student researchers has traveled with the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program to the Mississippi Delta to gather oral histories with civil and labor rights leaders.


University of Southern Mississippi Libraries Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive Includes digitized photographs, letters, diaries, oral history transcripts, and other documents, as well as finding aids for manuscript collections.



Books and Films

 Theme Description
 Freedom Schools Book list on Freedom Schools.
 SNCC Book list on SNCC.


 Conferences and Institutes

Name Description Focus
Fannie Lou Hamer Institute Each summer since 1998, the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute has sponsored an institute, seminar, or workshop for educators and students interested in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. These programs — lectures, oral history panels, and field trips — engage participants in discussions with scholars and activists, and demonstrate ways of integrating primary sources about the Civil Rights Movement into lesson plans and curricula.


Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Veterans The Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Veterans convenes an annual conference for veterans. This is an excellent opportunity for students to meet veterans, learn about history, and learn strategies for organizing today.


William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation works in communities and classrooms, in Mississippi and beyond, to support a movement of racial equity and wholeness as a pathway to ending and transcending all division and discrimination based on difference.



The University of Southern Mississippi offers a list of additional resources on Mississippi history.