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Address: 528 Bloom Street, Jackson, MS 39202
Phone Number: 601-960-1457
Activities: Leisure education
Description: 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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Lots of potential

This is a fairly small and uncrowded museum (on a Saturday morning we were the only ones there and had to wait briefly for the lone employee to unlock the gate). While it may be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2014
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Crowell, Texas
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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Went here on a field trip. Not a lot of history was discussed. Mainly a lot of talk about what they "plan to do" in the future. When the children asked questions the tour guide pulled out her phone and began to Google the answers. The tour guide also dropped the "N" word a couple of times when talking about... More 

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Crowell, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is a fairly small and uncrowded museum (on a Saturday morning we were the only ones there and had to wait briefly for the lone employee to unlock the gate). While it may be off the beaten path, it has both character and charm, and lots of potential for growth. You will learn that the Smith Robertson school was... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We found the place by reviewing the "Things to do in Jackson" brochure--a very informative booklet. Apparently there is plenty to do in Jackson. The photographs and slide presentation are excellent. Jackson was definitely in the center of the civil rights efforts. I was in Alabama at the time and never really knew much about the Mississippi experience.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I really enjoyed myself here. This museum has great potential. The short fifteen minute film was awe inspiring. They just need more exhibits and maybe someone to give a tour.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I have lived in Mississippi all my life and never knew this museum was here. I visited today for the first time and was very moved by the exhibit. I encouraged all to visit.

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New Hyde Park, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This museum has great potential, but it's still lacking many things and several exhibits are a work in progress. The first floor contains mainly pictures with little or no context - some pictures reappear on the second floor. I was planning to give this 2 or 3 stars due to lack of historical information until I reached the Medgar Evers... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Being a cultural center it does fulfill many valuable functions. There is a museum exhibit located here. One is very small that covers the very bare bones on slavery with a surprisingly effective, startling at first on the middle passage. The Medgar Evers exhibit is well done and would be a good starting point of a civil rights tour of... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We stopped at this museum after reading a few positive tripadvisor reviews and were delighted with our decision. The museum conveys a clear, inspired perspective through objects and stories we had not encountered elsewhere, and it presents both fine art exhibits and historical exhibits. When we were there, the slavery exhibit was still in progress, and the gift shop seemed... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

If you want to be educated, inspired, motivated - visit the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, and ask the Museum Director, Pamela Junior to take you on a guided tour (if you're part of a group). You will be moved to tears and be given a truthful history of the African-American experience in Jackson MS and beyond.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2010

I would recommend the museum to anyone with an interest in The underground railroad slavery escape system and the 20th century era of civil rights and blacks migration from the South to northern US cities for better quality of life and job opportunities. This museum also has great depictions of black art paintings. If you have the least bit of... More 

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