Smith Robertson Museum – Jackson, Mississippi

Smith Robertson Museum.jpgSmith Robertson MuseumJackson, Mississippi

The museum is housed in the former Smith Robertson School, the first public school built for African Americans in Jackson, where there are displays of art, photography, artifacts and more to tell the story of the lifestyles and artistic contributions to African Americans to the world.

The purpose of the museum is to give a greater understanding of the positive impact the African Americans have on the whole country and especially their direct impact on the Deep South.

The school was opened in 1894 and operated for the African American community until 1971.  Although the original building was a two story wood structure it burned in 1909 and was replaced that same year by a brick structure.  I was enlarged in 1929 and enhanced with an Art Deco facade. 

The school was named after Mr. Smith Robertson, who was born a slave in Fayette, Alabama in 1847.  After the Civil War he migrated to Jackson where he operated a successful barbering business.  He was also in local politics and became the first African American Alderman in the City of Jackson.

With integration the school was abandoned in 1971.  Concerned citizens Dr. Jessie Mosley and Dr. Alferdteen Harrison organized a petition to save the building.  The museum opened in 1984 to the benefit of all citizens.

The museum offers tours Monday through Saturday.  For group tours you can request either a guided tour or an overview.  The museum must receive our request two weeks prior to the date of your tour.  A confirmation letter will be sent to the person making the request.  Please present the confirmation letter to the museum staff when you arrive.  Because of scheduling, a group arriving late will forfeit their guided tour and will be offered an overview as an alternative. (This is due to the large number of tours the museum gets requests for, to be able to take care of everyone these rules were put in place.)

Tours are for groups with a minimum of 10 people.  All school groups must be accompanied by an adequate amount of chaperones. 

Tours usually last for 45 minutes, but remember that the visitors determine the length of the tour.  "School discount: For every 10 students, 1 chaperone will get into the museum free of charge."

Location: 528 Bloom St., Jackson, MS 39202

Phone: 601-960-1457

Admission Prices: Adults $4.50; Children under 18 $1.50; Senior Citizens $3 (over 62)