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Vicksburg National Military Park to host a special program on the story of Vicksburg’s Black banks



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On November 4, Vicksburg National Military Park will host a special program “Blood Money:  From the Freedman’s Bank to Liberty Bank, the Legacy of Vicksburg’s Black Banks” presented by Professor Shennette Garrett-Scott

The opening of the Vicksburg Freedman’s Bank in 1865 and its failure less than a decade played a critical role in the struggle for freedom and economic justice in Vicksburg, a legacy that stretches from the Civil War to the present day. Come learn more about the role of USCT soldiers and officers in this important chapter of Vicksburg history and ways to use Freedman’s Bank and Black banking records for family and local community research.

An entrance pass will not be required to join the program in the Visitor Center, however, an entrance pass will still be required to access the tour road.

For more information: Under-Told Stories Speaker Series – Vicksburg National Military Park (U.S. National Park Service) (

Co-Sponsored by the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park & Campaign 

Event Time:
12-1:30 PM


Visitor Center Theater
Vicksburg National Military Park
3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183

About the Speaker:  

Shennette Garrett-Scott

Shennette Garrett-Scott

Shennette Garrett-Scott is committed to telling little-known stories of African-American enterprise and activism. Considered one of the country’s foremost experts in Black business history, she’s the author of the multiple award-winning book Banking on Freedom. She is Associate Professor of History & Africana Studies and Gibbons Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Tulane University.

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