“$1,800 worth of liquor confiscated by the authorities two weeks after the Prohibition Law went into effect. Gulfport, Miss.” View of police and liquor barrels. 1909, Gulfport, Mississippi. Image: MDAH

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History presents Mississippi Distilled: Prohibition, Piety, and Politics, an immersive exhibition exploring the state’s tumultuous relationship with alcohol from the colonial period to today.

The exhibit will run through June 26, 2021, at the Two Mississippi Museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—in Jackson.

“Prohibition in Mississippi was about more than outlawing alcohol,” said Pamela D.C. Junior, director of the Two Mississippi Museums. “This amazing exhibit shows how women’s rights, alcohol, and religion came together at a critical moment in history and continue to impact Mississippi to this day.”

Fascinating artifacts, enticing stories, and surprising images from prehistory to Prohibition will take visitors on a journey that begins with ancient alcohols and the science of spirits through the social problems that led to the temperance movement and its role in efforts to expand voting rights for women but not African Americans, end lynching, enact child labor laws, and prevent domestic violence.

Ticket prices for Mississippi Distilled are $10 for adults and $6 for children. Discounts are available for children under three, students, seniors, active duty and military veterans, and groups of ten or more. Tickets may be purchased for Mississippi Distilled alone, or in combination with admission to the museums.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.