Under-Told Stories Speaker Series

Say Their Name: Massacre at Ross Landing Remembrance

 
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Saturday February 17, 2024 - 12:00-1:00 PM

On February 17, Vicksburg National Military Park will host a special remembrance ceremony Say Their Name for the African American soldiers killed at Ross Landing in Chicot County Arkansas on February 14, 1864. Recent scholarship has revealed their names and burial locations so that 160 years later we can honor their sacrifice in their fight for freedom.

Members of the William “Bill” Sims Foundation will be conducting a remembrance and libation ceremony to honor the memory of the men massacred at Ross Landing. William “Bill” Sims was a member of the U.S. Colored Troops and fought at the Battle of Milliken’s Bend during the Siege of Vicksburg.

Research by Beth Kruse, Ph.D., has brought identity back to these men. Dr. Kruse is working with the National Park Service as the Mellon Fellow for African American Experience in Vicksburg from Civil War through Reconstruction.

Location:
Visitor Center Theater
Vicksburg National Military Park
3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183

Co-Sponsored by the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park & Campaign

 

Blood Money: From the Freedman’s Bank to Liberty Bank

The Legacy of Vicksburg’s Black Banks

 
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Saturday, November 4, 2023 12-1:30 PM

Shennette Garrett-Scott

The opening of the Vicksburg Freedman’s Bank in 1865 and its failure less than a decade later played a critical role in the struggle for freedom and economic justice in Vicksburg, a legacy that stretches from the Civil War to the present day. Come learn more about the role of USCT soldiers and officers in this important chapter of Vicksburg history and ways to use Freedman’s Bank and Black banking records for family and local community research.

An entrance pass will not be required to join the program in the Visitor Center, however an entrance pass will still be required to access the tour road.

Co-Sponsored by the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park & Campaign

Location:
Visitor Center Theater
Vicksburg National Military Park
3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183


 
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Shennette Garrett-Scott

Shennette Garrett-Scott

About the Speaker:

Shennette Garrett-Scott is committed to telling little-known stories of African American enterprise and activism. Considered one of the country’s foremost experts in Black business history, she’s the author of the multiple award-winning book Banking on Freedom. She is Associate Professor of History & Africana Studies and Gibbons Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Tulane University.

Last updated: February 27, 2024

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