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Southern Black Education

Learn more about Mississippi’s Historically Black Community College,
the Utica Institute (now Hinds CC Utica).

The first trustees of the Utica Normal & Industrial Institute. These men used their homes and businesses to secure the purchase of 2000 acres for the Institute.

Image courtesy the Utica Institute Archives.

Opening Exhibit: “A Legacy in Song”

Our first exhibit will be an exploration of the legacy of the Utica Jubilee Singers™, a world famous singing group formed to promote the work of the college. You’ll learn about the Jubilee’s NBC program, recording contracts, world tours, and even their 1929 film! The exhibit will also discuss the modern Jubilees, with materials from the Dr. Bobby G. Cooper collection.

Jewett Hall at the Utica Institute.

The Permanent Collection

The Utica Institute Museum exists to tell the story of William H. Holtzclaw’s role in Southern Black Education. As a “little Tuskegee,” the Utica Institute was uniquely positioned to help improve the lives of those in Mississippi’s Black Belt through an emphasis on land ownership and community connections. The museum tells this story through the eyes of her people — Uticanites from the Utica Institute, Hinds Agricultural High School, Utica Junior College, and Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus, a proud HBCU.

Traveling Exhibit: “A Place for All People”

Gallery 2 at the Utica Institute Museum will feature various temporary exhibits related to our mission. Our first temporary exhibit will be from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture: “A Place for All People.”

William Holtzclaw in his first office.

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