TUPELO – A part of the city’s history will come to life Thursday at precisely the date, time and site it happened 275 years ago.
The Battle of Ackia will be the subject of a presentation by historians Buddy Palmer and Julian Riley. The program starts at 2 p.m. outside Pierce Street Elementary School, location of the May 26, 1736, conflict between Chickasaw tribes and the French.
The event is free to the public.
“It’s an important part of our history in Tupelo,” Palmer said. “Maybe this will perk up some history buffs. We think Tupelo and the surrounding area is fortunate to have this kind of history, and we’re trying to promote that. The Chickasaw Nation was a great nation that lived basically in the confines of Tupelo.”
Palmer said there will be a discussion about the Chickasaws’ victory over the French as well as a display of artifacts and reproductions of weapons.
“It’s not going to be a lecture,” he said. “It’s going to be a show-and-tell description of the battle that everyone can understand. We’re going to tell who was involved, how it happened and the results of it.”
People attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
“I think it’s imperative that it be outside,” Palmer said. “I don’t know if the weather will hold off or not, but I want everyone to get a feeling of how it felt that day.”
– 2 p.m. Thursday
– Pierce Street Elementary School
– 1008 Pierce St., Tupelo
– Open to the public
Bobby Pepper/NEMS Daily Journal