Patty Carr Black began designing exhibits for the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson in 1970. She recalls the decision to focus on Mississippi’s cultural heritage.
In 1974, the Smithsonian Institute asked Mississippi to be the featured state for that year’s Folk Life Festival. Black explains how that experience brought positive national attention to the state and a new pair of friends for her.
Black details some of the Folk Life exhibits and events that have been produced by the museum and why they are important to all of us.