Four Mississippi historic properties added to National Register

A historic African American library, a Jewish synagogue and two Jackson elementary schools have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to a press release from the Mississippi Department of Archives & History. The United States Department of the Interior approved the addition of Myrtle Hall Branch Library for Negroes, Coahoma County; Temple B’nai Israel, Forrest County; Hattie Casey Elementary School, Hinds County; and Pearl Spann Elementary School, Hinds County. Read more about these properties here.

Marty Stuart building museum for his 20,000 country artifacts

Handwritten lyrics from Hank Williams, a black suit worn by Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline’s boots are among country musician Marty Stuart’s collection of 20,000 artifacts. Stuart says he’s planning to build a museum to exhibit his collection and a performance hall in his Mississippi hometown. Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music will be in Philadelphia, about 80 miles northeast of Jackson. Find out more about Stuart’s plans here.

King of international art exhibitions sets sights on Vicksburg

Jack Kyle, who organized four highly successful international art exhibitions in Jackson — Palaces of St. Petersburg: Russian Imperial Style; Splendors of Versailles; The Majesty of Spain: Royal Collections from the Museo del Prado & Patrimonio Nacional; and The Glory of Baroque Dresden — has a plan for a permanent museum focusing on international art in downtown Vicksburg. The four international exhibitions in Jackson, opening between 1996 and 2004, attracted an estimated 1.3 million visitors and generated nearly $175 million in economic impact. You can read The Vicksburg Post’s full report here.  

 

Pass Christian school principal named Milken Educator

Dr. Robyn Killebrew, principal of Pass Christian High School, was awarded a Milken Educator Award, which carries with it an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize and national recognition. Killebrew is the only Milken Educator Award winner from Mississippi this year, and she is one of 44 honorees for 2017-2018. Read more about Killebrew’s award here.