Book TV coming to soak up history, culture of Jackson this weekend

Posted on July 2, 2014 

The electric typewriter used by Eudora Welty in her final years sits on the desk next to the large windows in her bedroom at her home across from Belhaven College in Jackson.

ROGELIO V. SOLIS — ASSOCIATED PRESS

This weekend, C-SPAN's Book TV and American History TV is coming to Jackson to explore the history and literary culture of the capital city.

The schedule from Book TV's press release:

Book TV on C-SPAN2, Saturday at 11 a.m.

  • Visit Lemuria Books, an independent bookstore specializing in first editions. Store manager Joe Hickman takes us into their collection rooms for a look at signed copies of books by local Jackson authors William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. 
  • Hear about civil rights activist Medgar Evers from author Michael Vinson Williams. In his bookMedgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr, Williams examines the life of Medgar Evers as well as his role in the history of civil rights. 
  • Learn about Eudora Welty, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Optimist's Daughter." A Mississippi native, Welty did much of her writing at her home in Jackson, using the South as inspiration for her work. 
  • Hear the story of Prospect Hill Plantation and the story of the group of slaves that migrated to Liberia, the life they lead while there, and the connection to the civil war that broke out in Liberia during the 1990s from Alan Huffman, author of "Mississippi in Africa." 
  • Hear about war photographer Tim Hetherington from author Alan Huffman. In his book Here I Am, Huffman tells the story of Tim Hetherington and the message he was trying to convey through his photography. Hetherington was killed while covering the Libyan civil war in 2011. 
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American History TV on C-SPAN3, Sunday at 1 p.m.

 

  • Tour Mississippi's Old State Capitol which was built in 1839. The building now operates as a museum but it was the site of some of the state's most significant legislative actions including Mississippi's secession from the Union in 1861 and the crafting of the 1868 and 1890 state constitutions.   

  • See items that tell the history of Mississippi's Civil Rights movement. Through the items, Cindy Garner, director of collections at Mississippi's Museum Division, explains the history of segregation in Mississippi and how cultural norms have changed over time.   

  • Learn about Freedom Summer and the movement to promote voter registration and civil rights in Mississippi in the 1960s. Two Jewish Freedom Summer volunteers from New York and an African-American activist from Mississippi were abducted, killed, and then buried by members of the Ku Klux Klan in 1964. This incident attracted national media attention to the movement.   

  • Hear about the life and murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Minnie Watson, curator at the Medgar Evers House, talks about Evers's military service, role with the NAACP in Mississippi, his impact on the Civil Rights movement and the symbolism of the family's historic Jackson home.  

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