Celebrating Mississippi's Bicentennial | 200 years | 1817 - 2017

Looking Back and Moving Forward

Celebrating 200 years of Mississippi history and the state's bright future.

The Bicentennial will be celebrated all year long, from the three marquee Mississippi Bicentennial Celebrations to events large and small in communities all around the state. As Mississippians come together around a shared history, keep up with celebrations from the Gulf Coast to the River, and through the Pines, Delta and Hills regions here.

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A Time Gone By: History at The Oaks

June 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am - November 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Bicentennial Year Programs

Film Creation

To help celebrate Mississippi’s 200th birthday, Walt Grayson will produce a five-minute film about the people and story of The Oaks.  The film will be screened for free for all Oaks visitors and in outreach programs in 2017 and will be part of guided tours of The Oaks.

Public Programs

All programs are free, open to the public, and will take place at The Oaks House Museum, 823 N. Jefferson St., Jackson, MS.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, noon-1:00 p.m.

The Last Slave: Sylvester Magee in History and Memory

Max Grivno, PhD, will discuss the life of the last slave in Mississippi and what the public perception of his story suggests about how white and black Mississippians dealt with the legacy of slavery.


Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Storytelling with Anne B. McKee

Award winning storyteller and passionate teacher of Mississippi history, Anne B. McKee will use the art of storytelling to tell Mississippi’s history to engage children and adults alike.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017, noon-1:00 p.m.

Architect Robert Parker Adams will talk about the historical architecture of The Oaks.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Appearing as Mayor James H. Boyd, actor James Anderson will perform or deliver dramatic readings from a one-man play about The Oaks narrated by Mayor Boyd.


Questions? Contact Beth at 601-353-9339 or at info@theoakshousemuseum.org.  This official bicentennial project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority.

The Oaks (Boyd House) is located at 823 N. Jefferson Street in Jackson, Mississippi. It was built circa 1853 and is one of few extant structures in Mississippi’s capital city that survived the ravages of the Civil War. 


June 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am
November 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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The Oaks House
823 N. Jefferson Street
Jackson, MS 39296 United States
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