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Art, History & Archaeology Sites & Museums

Located in the Deep South, Mississippi was once inhabited largely by the Choctaw, Natchez, and Chickasaw peoples. Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th century, followed by French settlers in the late 17th century. After becoming U.S. territory, Mississippi gained statehood in 1817. Attempts to remove its indigenous peoples resulted in the Trail of Tears in the 1830s, with the Choctaw and Chickasaw peoples forcibly relocated to ‘Indian Territory’ in modern Oklahoma. In 1861, Mississippi was one of the first states to join the new Confederacy. After the latter’s defeat in the Civil War, widespread subjugation of the state’s African American majority continued, making Mississippi one of the key challenges for the mid 20th-century civil rights movement.

Archaeology & History Sites in MIssissippi

Linden Plantation

In 1827, the Linden Plantation near Vicksburg was established by John Wesley Vick, the son of the man responsible for founding his namesake town. In the 1840s one of the house’s residents, Roche Wesley, spent much time creating formal gardens around the property. During the Civil War, Union troops overran Linden, destroying several buildings while transforming part of it into a field hospital. In the later part of the 20th century, much effort went into reviving the garden, with the house itself operating for a time as a bed and breakfast.

Museums & Art Galleries in MIssissippi

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