CATEGORY: Tupelo Stories



By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

The Civil War and Mississippi's musical heritage will be among the topics discussed during an annual meeting of the Mississippi Historical Society set to begin Thursday in Tupelo.

More than 150 people are expected to attend events during the three-day meeting at the Ramada Inn Convention Center, said Katherine Drayne Blount, a public relations representative with the state Department of Archives and History.

Marty Ramage, a member of the society, said a large number of higher education professionals and historians will be drawn to Tupelo for the meeting. "It will give us an opportunity to promote the historical information and subjects that we are famous for in Northeast Mississippi," Ramage said.

The gathering of historians and history buffs will begin Thursday evening with a reception. Mississippi music and the Civil War will be the focus of sessions Friday and Saturday.

The first session on Friday will feature information on the Civil War in Mississippi. The Battle of Brices Cross Roads will be the topic of discussion during this presentation, including its future plans.

Tupelo's own Elvis Presley will be the topic of discussion at Friday's luncheon. The guest speaker for this event will be Janelle McComb, a lifelong Presley friend.

The afternoon general session will focus on the state's musical heritage in a Chautauqau presentation honoring Mississippi performers Jimmie Rodgers, Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield and R.W. Blackwood. The presentation will feature performers singing and acting as Rodgers, Greenfield and Blackwood.

Two tours, one to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and one to the Tupelo Museum, will be offered Friday afternoon to meeting participants.

A banquet Friday night will feature Tom E. Terrill of the University of South Carolina, who will give an address on the "Uprising of '34," which will examine a labor uprising in the cotton mills of North Carolina.

Folk music will be the focus of a Saturday morning meeting and Louis R. Harlan, who will be presented the Society's B.L.C. Wailes Award for national distinction in the field of history, will give an address on Booker T. Washington.

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