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Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center

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Address: 528 Bloom Street, Jackson, MS 39202
Phone Number: +1 601-960-1457

Located in Jackson's first public school building for African-Americans,...

Located in Jackson's first public school building for African-Americans, this museum, named after a former slave who went on to become the first African-American Alderman in Jackson, chronicles the everday lives and culture of people of African decent living in the South during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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Small, intimate & very well done museum

We really enjoyed this manageable sized and informative museum. Very educational! Good overviews of slavery in the south, the civil rights movement in MS, and first hand accounts... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed this manageable sized and informative museum. Very educational! Good overviews of slavery in the south, the civil rights movement in MS, and first hand accounts of how freed black southerners, survived, struggled to obtain an education, or moved north for better opportunities for their children.

Thank lcatherines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

This museum is one of Jackson's hidden jems! It is s little difficult to find, they lock the door during business hours, and it is cash only. However, once you do find it and make it inside, you will not be disappointed! There is so much to see and learn! The exhibits are very well put together.

Thank Shiloh B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The museum has an interesting collection of Mississippi history. The civil rights area is an important part of the history being depicted.

Thank Vern O G
Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Richard Wright, renown poet and writer, attended this school (now a museum and cultural center) as a young boy. On the second floor, the display begins with a replica of an early slave ship along with a mural depicting captured Africans on auction blocks. Another room is filled with beautiful murals that tell the tragic history of enslaved blacks: "My... More 

Thank Peppersmom2015
Clinton, Mississippi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

This is a small museum dedicated to the African American culture in Mississippi and in Jackson, MS in particular. The exhibits are well presented and the small staff is friendly. The subject matter can be disturbing to small children and sensitive adults but most of it is well presented. The museum is located in a restored school building very close... More 

Thank tbb603h
El Paso, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

As I walked through Farish Street which is a little scary because it is abandoned and most if not all of the businesses are boarded up..But the dangerous walk was well worth it..I learned alot here about African American History..This little building used to be the first school for African American children when there was still segregation in Jackson..It was... More 

Thank Marta E
Brandon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

I learned so much in my self-guided tour of this Museum! It would take days to look at and read everything they have added to the museum! I would highly recommend that families, school, and family reunions make this part of their stop while visiting Jackson, Mississippi.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

When you hear wonderful things about a place, you just have to visit. Before my visit to Jackson, I had read and heard only positive feedback about the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center. The Museum is a wonderful highlight of Black History and it is located in the beautifully renovated Smith Robertson School. It was the first school for... More 

2 Thank Tina M
Florence, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

This is an excellent place to learn so many facts of what took place which was not that long ago. Mississippi has "so much" history here, some of it is good, and some isn't. I would encourage any parent regardless of race to pay a visit there with their kids to educate them of important history facts that occurred in... More 

1 Thank TCan123
Clayton, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

My family and I spent the afternoon at this wonderful museum and cultural center during our family reunion outing. The narrator was knowledgeable and she took her time in answering questions. The building, art, and exhibits were absolutely astonishing and educational. This is a must see for Jackson. I only regret is not obtaining a book or recorded DVD of... More 

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