Catfish Row Museum Celebrates Diverse History of Vicksburg’s Foodways Through New Pop-Up Exhibit – The Vicksburg Post
At the heart of the foodways are rich stories of crossing barriers and borders, of lives linked to food, as food and place are linked by the diversity of incomes and ethnicities in the South.
With funding from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and Visit Mississippi, Vicksburg’s Catfish Row Museum conducted six restoration programs from February through May 2022. These programs culminated in a pop-up exhibit celebrating Vicksburg’s rich heritage. in terms of catering.
“Food for Thought: Reset the Table – Exploring Food Pathways in Vicksburgfocuses on the unique history of Vicksburg’s foodways, documenting and sharing the region’s diverse culinary traditions and promoting a culinary tourism pathway to share Vicksburg’s unique food heritage with the region and beyond.
The intersection of food and culture is a gateway to understanding the diversity of the delta and a cross-cultural way to collect community narrative.
“This exhibit will delve into six significant food cultures of Vicksburg: Lebanese, Southern, Soul Food, Delta Chinese, Jewish, and BBQ. Visitors to the museum will be able to sit at a dining table where these cultures all come together across vibrant illustrations of places celebrating food and diversity,” said Lauchlin Fields, co-owner of Front Porch Fodder and project manager for Food for Thought. will be on display, along with an insight into each food culture, which brings those cultures to life through the common language of food.”
The museum’s Food for Thought programming featured leading food and culture scholars and addressed themes of activism and food, Southern Jewish food cultures, Mississippi’s black agricultural heritage, race and cookbooks in 20th century Vicksburg, the Chinese Mississippi Delta, and learning about local foods. Learn more about the programming that inspired this exhibition.
MDNHA funding provided support to engage with the community through a museum lab and pop-up exhibit space that invites community members to come and share their stories, as well as lend items related to the food cultures of the region.
The mission of the Catfish Row Museum is to document and present, through physical artifacts, oral history, public programming and the arts, a cultural heritage experience that showcases the unique and diverse aspects of Vicksburg and its relationship with the delta.
The Catfish Row Museum aims to provide educational opportunities that enhance, preserve, and promote the social, cultural, and historical experiences of this southern city at the tip of the Mississippi Delta.
To learn more about the Catfish Row Museum, visit catfishrowmuseum.org.