Jan Nave Barnes

Date: April 19, 2013
Interviewers: Myka, Trever, A'Deija, Ashley, Omarr, Audrey, Tre, Alexia, La'Eisha

Jan Nave Barnes was Miss Mississippi in 1963, at a time when racial tension was at a record high. Her family, the Heffner's, were run out of town shortly after her crowning. Crosses were burned in their yard, and their pet dog was killed. Once high on the list of social elite, the family fell off this list for inviting visiting civil right's workers into their home to share a meal and have a conversation. Mrs. Barnes story is a compelling look at the civil rights movement from a very different perspective.

Jan Nave, Miss Mississippi, 1963.
Mississippi Department of Archives and History


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