Harry Claudius Ross, age 37, a descendant of the Prospect Hill Plantation whose ancestors migrated from Mississippi to Liberia after they were freed from slavery in the 1840's, visited Mississippi for the first time to reconcile with the memory of his ancestors, and the legacy of his name.
During a one-week Bicentennial workshop in Port Gibson, Mississippi, he and other community members, produced photo stories, each three minutes in length, to highlight stories of cultural and economic renewal in Claiborne and Jefferson Counties. The resulting piece highlights his journey to make contact with his roots, and a "missing" chapter of Mississippi history.
“Documenting the Prospect Hill story has allowed me reconnect with another part of my ancestors that I did not know about,” says Harry Ross. “It is also a great opportunity to educate people and create a link between Mississippi and Africa.”
Visiting Prospect Hill has resurrected a dream for Harry, to create the Ross Resource Center in Liberia. “Like” and “Follow” Prospect Hill Plantation on Facebook for the latest news and updates. Read the latest blog post about the historic property - archaeologicalconservancy.org/saving-places-pro…/
Special thanks to: Jessica Jessica Fleming Crawford & Prospect Hill/ The Archaeological Conservancy, Alan Huffman (Author, Mississippi In Africa), Mississippi Mississippi Humanities Council, City of Port Gibson, Port Gibson Chamber, Claiborne County Economic Development Agency, Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, Christine Simmons, The Selby and Richard McRae Foundation, Corner to Corner Productions, Blue Magnolia Films, Barefoot Workshops and photographer, Aaron Phillips. #MS200 #smalltownstories