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Ralph Eubanks Receives Reflecting Mississippi Award

The Mississippi Humanities Council announced recipients for its 2022 Public Humanities Awards, which recognize outstanding work by Mississippians in bringing the insights of the humanities to public audiences. Recipients were honored at a public ceremony and reception Friday evening, March 25, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson. Ralph Eubanks won the  Reflecting Mississippi Award for his work as a memoirist and literary scholar who has helped revise Mississippi’s narratives to reflect the state more honestly and accurately.

For the Oxford Conference for the Book, Eubanks gives his “Reflecting Mississippi” lecture, presented by the Mississippi Humanities Council, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 31 in the Archives and Special Collections room of the J.D. Williams Library on the University of Mississippi campus. He will also moderate the National Book Foundation Presents session with Robert Jones Jr.  and Jason Mott at 2:30 p.m. at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.

Eubanks is the author of A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape, which takes readers on a complete tour of the real and imagined landscapes that have inspired generations of authors. This is a book that honors and explores the landscapes of Mississippi—and the Magnolia State’s history—and reveals the many ways this landscape has informed the work of some of America’s most treasured authors. Eubanks is the author of two other books: Ever is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi’s Dark Past and The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South.