The museum is housed in the former Smith Robertson Elementary School, the first public school building for black children in the city of Jackson, Mississippi. The school opened in 1894 and served the community until it was closed in 1971. The school was named for Mr. Smith Roberston, who was born a slave in Fayette, Alabama in 1847. After the Civil War, he migrated to Mississippi where he operated successful barbering businesses, was active in politics and was the first black alderman in the city of Jackson. Mr. Robertson died in 1899 and the school was named after him several years later. The museums collections include furnishings, clothing, fine arts, folk arts, books, papers, photographs, tools, equipment, instruments and other items. in addition to exhibits, the museum regularly sponsors seminars, workshops, lectures and other programs of interest to the public.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center by using our Jackson driving holiday app.
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Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center reviews
I really enjoyed my visit to this museum. The lady at the front desk was very friendly and helpful. I have visited several civil rights and african american museums over the years, and this is one of.... more »
This small museum is the school Richard Wright graduated from. It was the first school building built for black children in Jackson in the 1890’s. It is filled with rich exhibits of the history of.... more »
Great place to visit. Very educational. Friendly environment. Kids friendly.
Wealth of information and history. A must see. Learn about African American history thru the lens of those who lived it.
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