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It’s early evening in Friendship Cemetery, the local graveyard in Columbus, Miss. The white tombstones are coated with that yellow glow you only see right before dusk.

Students from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science are spread out among the gravestones. They’re dressed up in costumes: A tall brunette is wearing a dark maroon dress her grandmother made. A young man wears a top hat and leans on a walking cane.

Tonight is the final dress rehearsal for Tales From The Crypt — a rite of passage for students at this school that’s now in it’s 25th year. Summar McGee, 16, and her classmates are telling the stories of the people buried in this cemetery. A journey they started back in September, in Chuck Yarborough’s U.S. history class.

Yarborough’s a history buff who loves knowing a little bit about everything — and a lot about a lot of things. His students hail from all around the state, and he prides himself with knowing a piece of history from every place they’re from.

“If I can tell them something interesting about their home place, I’m sending them the message that their place in this world matters and so do they,” he says.

Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

Photo credit: Elissa Nadworny/NPR

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The Confederacy Is Lost- 

If You Want To Understand The Minds Of The Soldiers That Fought In The Civil War And The Reasons Why They Fought That War, Read Their Letters And Poems 

Edward Fontaine,
Diary, May 11, 1865

I am in a state of intense anxiety to know what will be our fate as a nation. Our armies are disbanded on this side of the Mississippi. I suppose that they will be also surrendered on the other side of the river, unless the nations of Europe come to our rescue. If I could have issued the necessary orders for invading the north when I advised it last year, the power of our enemies would have been overthrown. 

Now without a Northern revolution, or Foreign intervention I see no hope for the South for many dismal years. I fear that God has ceased to work miracles. He certainly seems now to be on the side of our oppressors. We are in our last struggle & without his almighty aid the Southern Confederacy will cease to exist in the next four months, and no monuments will be erected by this Generation for the graves of the hundreds of thousands of our heroes who have fallen in the defence of our native land, no provision will be made for the support of the widows and orphans of these martyrs of liberty, & no pensions will be given to the maimed myriads of the patriot soldiers, who “with half their limbs”lopped off will wander as helpless beggars over their subjugated country. 

While our enemies insultingly exalt over the glorious battle fields where our greatest defenders died in vain. O thou Almighty Ruler of Nations who blest our fathers with thy direction and defence in their war for the independence of the British Colonies in America — be now our Sword & Shield! See how our enemies triumph! See how our mighty have fallen, and our weapons of war perished. O come to our help and deliver us through our Almighty Savior. Raise up some great Deliverer for us that we may soon praise Thee as our Country’s Savior — Amen.

John K. Bettersworth and James W. Silver, ed. Mississippi in the Confederacy, p. 358.

Flag of Company A, Blount Guards, 23rd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry. Accession Number: 1968.61.1 (Museum Division Collection)


I met Jamarcus in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. He was just getting ready for his daily run, down an old dirt road, by the trailer where he and his family live. He was a couple of weeks from finishing high school and moving on with his life. 

Jamarcus: Running track changed my life more than anything.

BW: How did that change your life?

Jamarcus: I never knew I could do it and it turns out I’m pretty good at it. I just want to make it out of this small town and it’s looking like track is my way. I have a full ride scholarship to Valley and I joined the National Guard so they’ll pay me when I’m in school. I just want to get up outta here. 

In the deep south
hot air is turning cool;
your southern belle is
lounging in the rocking chair,
slugging bourbon on the front porch.
There is blood
to spill and lick up:
my bayou baby comes like an alligator,
snakeskin jacket, cowboy boots and all,
to devour me
(his jaws sure look good).

Sweet darkness,
the hoodoo demons I command
speak your body language.
Scratch the records,
Tom Waits can wait;
trash the TV,
the black-and-white is killing me;
gasoline the pulp pages,
you can be my king of ages;
Paul Newman, James Dean
be sweet as sugar
(‘though very mean).

Private Henry Augustus Moore of Co. F, 15th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, with artillery short sword and sign reading Jeff Davis and the South!

Mississippi soldiers

White and black soldiers from Mississippi contributed to both the Union and Confederate war efforts, fighting within the state and as far away as the battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Around 80,000 white men from Mississippi fought in the Confederate Army; some 500 white Mississippians fought for the Union. More than 17,000 black Mississippi slaves and freedmen fought for the Union.

A large but undetermined number of slaves served as body servants to white Confederate officers and soldiers, built fortifications, and did other manual labor for the Confederate Army. The thought of a black man carrying a rifle was a horror to most white Mississippians, and the state resisted the enlistment of slaves even after the Confederate Congress authorized the policy near the end of the war in March 1865.