Through art, artifacts, and photography, the work, lifestyle, and artistic contributions of African Americans are celebrated – especially those of the Jackson, Mississippi Civil Rights story – evoking a greater understanding of the African American experience in the deep south. Artifacts at Smith Robertson highlight the contributions of Black Mississippians through struggle and achievement, as seen in exhibits such as From Slavery to America, 1670-1864 and in the Hall of Fame, which includes personalities from the state who are pioneers in their respective positions.