Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture

The Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture is a museum located in Natchez, Mississippi. The museum chronicles the history and culture of African Americans in the southern United States. The museum was first opened in 1991 by the Natchez Association for the Preservation of African American Culture, also known as NAPAC, an organization dedicated to exploring the societal contributions made by people of African origin and descent.

The museum showcases events starting with the incorporation of the City of Natchez in 1716 to the present, using art, photographs, manuscripts, artifacts, and books. Exhibits cover the era of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, 20th Century wars and the Civil rights era. They include Forks of the Road, which was the second largest slave market in the southern United States, and which has received international recognition by the United Nations because of its role in the international slave trade; The Rhythm Nightclub fire, where over 200 African American Natchez citizens died; an exhibit dedicated to the literary works of critically acclaimed author Richard Wright, a Natchez native. The museum also hosts educational events and presentations.

In February 2016, as part of its participation in Black History Month events, the Museum held its inaugural Natchez Hip Hop Summit, with Hip hop music performances and a panel discussion on hip hop in relation to racial identity.

Address: 301 Main Street, Natchez, MS
Phone: (601) 445-0728
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Directors: Darrell White,

B.B King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center

B.B King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center

The B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta on US Highway 82 between Greenwood and Greenville, not far from the famous Crossroads at Clarksdale. Opened in mid-September 2008 and built to honor the life and music of one of the most accomplished musicians of our time, the museum serves as a vital resource to the State of Mississippi and the City of Indianola. The museum’s exhibits and educational programs serve to build bridges between the community and the world while preserving the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Mississippi Delta.

The life of B.B. King provides the backdrop for the Museum to share the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta. Through an authentic presentation of music, art, artifacts and video, along with our educational programming, the Museum honors its namesake as an internationally renowned and influential musician, celebrates Delta blues music heritage and the local culture, encourages and inspires young artists and musicians, and enriches the lives of Delta youth and all who visit the museum campus.

Address: 400 2nd St, Indianola, MS 38751
Phone: (662) 887-9539
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April 1-October 31: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday-Monday: 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Closed Monday, November-March
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Director: Malika Polk-Lee,

2020 Annual Conference

Annual Conference

Update – Response to COVID-19

To our MMA members and colleagues,

The MMA Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work planning the 2020 Mississippi Museum’s Association Conference and Annual Meeting in Hattiesburg, MS, April 16-17, 2020.  We have been closely monitoring the developing situation with COVID-19.  Based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, Mississippi Department of Health, and World Health Organization, we have decided that it is in the best interest of our participants to cancel the 2020 MMA Conference.

We are hopeful that an alternate date can be chosen for the conference later in 2020.  We will continue to keep you all posted on future plans for the conference in Hattiesburg.  We are excited about the programming and presentations planned for the 2020 MMA Conference and the opportunity to showcase institutions in Hattiesburg.

We will be reaching out to those that have paid for registration in the coming days regarding reimbursements and hotel cancellations.

For your own institutions, MMA encourages you to references resources and recommendations on COVID-19 from the American Alliance of Museums:

For more information or questions regarding the 2020 MMA Conference, please contact

2020 MMA Conference & Annual Meeting

April 16-17, 2020
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Join us in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for the 2020 MMA Conference & Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17, 2020.  The conference provides opportunities for professional development, workshops, and networking with peers from across the state.  The Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Museums Association will also be held during the conference.  Conference venues include the African American Military History Museum, Historic Eureka School Museum, Hattiesburg Zoo, and the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.

Conference Schedule

Click here to download the 2020 MMA Conference Preliminary Schedule.

Schedule at-a-glance:

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

6:30pm-8:00pm                Pre-Conference Gathering at Southern Prohibition Brewing Taproom

Thursday, April 16, 2020

9:00am-10:15am              Registration & Self-Guided Tour of the African American Military History Museum

10:30am-11:30am            Concurrent Sessions at the Historic Eureka School

11:45am-1:00pm              Luncheon with speaker Rick Taylor, Executive Director, Hattiesburg Convention Commission, at the Historic Eureka School

1:15pm-2:15pm                Concurrent Sessions at the Historic Eureka School

2:30pm-3:30pm                Concurrent Sessions at the Historic Eureka School

6:00pm-8:30pm                Evening Reception filled with food, drinks, and animals at the Hattiesburg Zoo (Sponsor:  Hattiesburg Convention Commission)

Friday, April 17, 2020

8:30am-9:00am                Registration at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

9:00am-10:00am              Concurrent Sessions at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

10:15am-11:15am            Concurrent Sessions at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

11:15am-12:00pm            Self-Guided Tour of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

12:15pm-2:00pm              Luncheon & MMA Business Meeting with Keynote Address by Laura Hortz Stanton, Executive Director, CCAHA

2:30pm-3:30pm                Post-Conference Tour of an Archaeological Fieldwork Site at Camp Shelby

Conference Fees

Member, Full Conference Rate:  $100
Non-Member, Full Conference Rate:  $125
Member, Single Day Rate:  $60
Non-Member, Single Day Rate:  $75
Non-Member, Conference Guest (Evening Reception Only):  $50

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Indigo Hattiesburg
103 S. 30th Avenue
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
MMA Conference Rate:  $124.00 per night (+ taxes and fees)
Online Booking:  Click here (Group Code: MMA)

The 2020 MMA Conference host hotel is Hotel Indigo. This newly opened hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Hattiesburg and across the street from the University of Southern Mississippi.  To reserve a room at the special conference rate of $124.00 per night, click here and enter Group Code MMA to reserve your room online, or call the hotel at 601-264-7709 and mention Mississippi Museums Association.  Rooms must be booked by March 25, 2020 to receive the conference rate.



To register and pay online, complete the form below or click here.

All registrations are reserved with payment. MMA accepts personal and institutional checks and credit cards.

For check payments, click here to download the 2020 MMA Conference Registration Form. Please complete and mail this registration form with check payable to “Mississippi Museums Association” to the following address: Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, Attn: Anna Gospodinovich, MMA Vice President, Building 850, Camp Shelby, MS  39407.

Please contact MMA Vice President Anna Gospodinovich at or 601-558-2337 with any questions.