About the 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 several members of the of Ida B. Wells family 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. 

220 North Randolph Avenue
Holly Springs, MS 38635

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The Founder's Garden was created in 2013 with the planting of three trees. The Garden honors the founders of The Ida B. Wells Memorial Foundation who are also 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)

Troy Duster - Sociologist/Author (1936 - )

Alfreda Duster Ferrell - Teacher (1934 - )

The goal is to plant two more trees and add a bench to the garden in 2020.  Please consider a generous donation to help support this effort.