The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum will host the 21st annual birthday celebration of Ida B. Wells-Barnett on Friday, July 14, 2017 through Sunday, July 16, 2017 in her hometown of Holly Springs, Mississippi.
The three-day celebration will include an opening ceremony, museum tour, meet-and-greet with Wells-Barnett’s descendants, a community discussion on issues oppressing African-Americans, and a commemorative banquet. Reverend Gwendolyn Nelson, Pastor of Royston Chapel C.M.E. Church, will be this year’s guest speaker for the annual banquet on Saturday, July 15th. The event will be held on the campus of Rust College, which is Well-Barnett’s alma mater.
The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum and Cultural Center of African-American History will offer tours that will provide attendees an intimate view of the life of Ida B. Wells-Barnett as well as the cultural essence of the 19th century African-American family. Currently, the museum has a poster exhibit on display celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture titled, “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture.”
Ida B. Wells-Barnett Birthday Celebration
The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Birthday Celebration was created to provide a historical and educational weekend experience in the birthplace of the crusader for justice, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, who was born into slavery months prior to the Emancipation Proclamation on July 16, 1862. She became a journalist and public speaker who traveled throughout the United States and foreign countries bringing awareness to the issues of African-Americans and lynching. This annual event strives to promote, preserve, and protect the legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.