Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum

The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum is located at the Spires Bolling House on North Randolph Street and Salem Avenue in Holly Springs, Mississippi. During the prosperous years of 1830 to 1860, many historic homes were built in Holly Springs. The Museum and Cultural Center of African and African American History was established to inspire, enlighten and enrich the lives of people everywhere by collecting, preserving and disseminating African and African-American contributions in the fields of history, art and culture in the United States and throughout the world. A wide variety of family heirlooms and artifacts of African-American historic value comprise the collections of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum. Of special importance is the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Room that contains a collection of personal memorabilia, awards and belongings of this courageous American figure. The Local Genealogy Room contains documentation of genealogies of several Holly Springs African-American families.

Born a slave, Jim Wells, Ida’s father, became a skilled craftsman who served as an apprentice carpenter during the construction of the Spires Bolling House. Ida B. Wells was born on the property where her mother was a “famous cook.” The historic value of the home makes it an ideal location for the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum. The Spires Bolling House is an emerging treasure for Holly Springs, adding another attraction for visitors to the city. The Museum not only displays African-American culture and heritage, it also presents a unique opportunity to honor the name of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, whose efforts for justice continue to reap dividends for humanity today. Having undergone an extensive restoration, the Spires Bolling House has been preserved as an important landmark for future generations.

To contact the museum, (662) 22-3232; To schedule a tour, (662) 579-5747.

Legacy Stories from the Americans All Heritage Honor Roll

We are pleased to host and share these legacy stories created by honorees’ family, friends and associates. They, like us, appreciate that heritage and culture are an integral part of our nation's social fabric and want to help students participate effectively in our nation's economy, workforce and democracy.

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Allan S. Kullen Maryland (February 20, 1942 - ?) Author, Businessman, Golfer, Inventor, Jewish, Marketing, Mergers-Acquisitions, Poland, Printer, Social Entrepreneur, Traveler

“Her name is Ester Baumgartner. Do you know her? She's a pretty Swiss girl who sings beautifully, and I think she lives near here." Allan had posed the question in a broken mixture of Hebrew and English to whoever would listen and could understand him. Allan had met Ester while on an archaeological dig at Masada in the Negev, Israel. All he knew by the time they parted ways was her name and that she was staying in Tel Aviv.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 - March 25, 1931) African American, author, civil rights advocate, feminist, journalist, leader of the anti-lynching crusade

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was an African American woman of striking courage and conviction. A civil rights advocate, journalist and feminist, she achieved nationwide attention as a leader of the anti-lynching crusade. She was born a slave on the Bolling Farm near Holly Springs, Mississippi on July 16,1862, the oldest daughter of James Madison and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Wells (Warrenton). James had been taken by his father . . .