The Ida B. Wells Memorial Foundation
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Wells-Barnett Museum


The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum is located off of Exit 26 on Highway 78 in the Spires Bolling/Gatewood House at the intersection of Randolph and Salem Avenues in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

The purpose of the museum is to inspire and enrich the lives of Mississippians, sharing with them the contributions of Africans and African Americans in the fields of history, art and culture in the United States and the world.

A variety of family heirlooms and artifacts of African American historic value comprise the museum collection.

In July of 2013, the Museum, along with great-grandchildren of Ida B. Wells. had a tree-planting ceremony to create a garden on the grounds of the Museum. The garden honors the founders of The Ida B. Wells Memorial Foundation. 

Trees planted in 2013 to honor  founders of The Ida B. Wells Memorial Foundation.
They are grandchildren of Ida B. Wells.

Benjamin C. Duster, III - Attorney - (1927 - 2011)
Charles E. Duster, Sr. - Architect - (1929 - 1991)
Donald L. Duster - Business Executive - (1932 - 2013)

220 North Randolph Avenue
Holly Springs, MS 38635

Monday - Friday      10am - 5pm

Saturdays                noon - 5pm
Closed                     New  Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Admissions / Donations

Adults - $5.00 / Children - $2.00 (under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

Rev. Leona Harris, Executive Director of the Museum

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