“$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

Update: the exhibit opening has been delayed.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History will open 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 March 21–November 1, 2020, 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.

Related programs include Mississippi Mixology with a discussion of cocktail history and demonstrations of popular recipes on Thursday, April 30; a homebrew competition on Saturday, June 20; and the Sounds of Prohibition, mixing live performances with the history of juke joints and other drinking establishments on Thursday, September 24.

See a detailed look at special events, including the May 9 Mississippi Maker’s Festival

Monthly gallery talk topics will include Stories from the Still, What’s Brewing in Mississippi?, Behind the Scenes, and Agitate, Educate, Legislate!.

This exhibit will run Saturday, March 21, through Sunday, November 1, 2020, in the FedEx and Medgar and Myrlie Evers Exhibition Halls at the Two Mississippi Museums and is made possible with the support of Southern Beverage Company, Inc.

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.