Jackson State University has shared two manuscript collections with Project STAND, totaling 8 linear feet of archival material. The submissions include personal journals from the Margaret Walker Papers, which provide personal accounts and reflections on 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. Also shared are selected materials from the Manuscript Collection of John W. Jackson, a prominent businessman and civic leader in West Point, Mississippi. The collection includes documents and publications concerning a variety of topics, including the Freedom Voter Project, The Mississippi Council on Human Relations, Black United Students, and the Delta Ministry.
Image: Alice Walker
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.