Jackson State University has shared three research collections with Project STAND, including the Black Panther Party Archives of Frankye Adams-Johnson (20 lin. feet), the Margaret Walker Personal Papers (7 lin. feet), and the John W. Jackson Manuscript Collection (1 lin. foot).
The Black Panther Party Archives of Frankye Adams-Johnson were donated to Jackson State University by Mrs. Adams-Johnson in 2010. A former member of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the 20 linear foot collection consists of correspondence, books, journals, notebooks, videotapes, posters, photographs, and albums created or collected during her involvement in the Black Panther Party.
The Margaret Walker Personal Papers include personal accounts and reflections of the 1970 Gibbs/Green tragedy, an incident where two students were killed and twelve injured during a confrontation with city and state police on the Jackson State campus on May 14, 1970, just 11 days after the Kent State shootings.
The John W. Jackson Manuscript Collection contain the personal papers of John W. Jackson, a prominent businessman and civic leader in West Point, Mississippi. The collection includes materials on a variety of topics, including the Delta Ministry, the Tombigbee Council on Human Relations, the Freedom Vote Project, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Mary Holmes College, Black United Students, and the Clay County NAACP.
Image: Protesters after the Gibbs-Green Tragedy
Collection: Margaret Walker Personal Papers
Description: Margaret Walker was a long time faculty member of the English Department at Jackson State. In 1968 she founded the Institute for the Study of the History, Life, and Culture of Black People, a museum and archive at JSU that today bears her name. Walker’s literary, administrative and personal papers are the centerpiece of the Center’s manuscript collections, one of the single largest collections of a modern, black female anywhere in the world.
Primary contact: Angela Stewart