Chickasaw Nation donates display to Brice's Crossroads center

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

BALDWYN – The Brice’s Crossroads Visitors Center is going back even further into history with new displays, including one about Chief Tishomingo.
A mannequin representing Tishomingo was delivered to the visitors and interpretive center on Sunday afternoon. It will be a part of a larger display about the chief at the center.
“The mannequin is dressed in the way that we believed Tishomingo would’ve dressed,” said Regina Berna, director of museums and historic sites for the Chickasaw Nation, who bought the display to Baldwyn from Tishomingo, Okla.
The mannequin is wearing a shirt, leather leggings, a finger-woven belt, a turban and traditional Southeastern moccasins. The mannequin is also holding a historically accurate blow-gun.
“These items are on loan to the museum indefinitely from the Chickasaw Nation,” she said.
Museum director Edwina Carpenter was on hand to welcome Berna and dress the mannequin.
The Tishomingo exhibit ties into the history of Brice’s Crossroads because the chief’s homeplace was near the area, and the Tishomingo Creek runs through there as well.
In addition to the mannequin and outfit, the display will also include Tishomingo’s service records from the War of 1812 as well as a painting of him by Booneville artist Oneta Cole.
The Tishomingo display is a part of the center’s 1,200 square feet expansion and addition of new exhibits, Carpenter said, paid for with a $1.5 million grant from the Transportation Enhancement Act.
“We’ll also have photos of veterans’ reunions,” Carpenter said, “and we’ll have exhibits about the role of the Union and Confederate soldiers and about black soldiers that fought in the battle.”
Information on the Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg will also be a major part of the expansion, as a permanent display about the battle is in the works.
A ribbon-cutting for the expansion and displays will take place some time in early May.
The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads will be June 10, 2014.
Contact Sheena Barnett at (662) 678-1580 or sheena.barnett@journalinc.com.

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For more information on the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads and the history of the area, visit, bricescrossroads.com.