(US) Museum of Southern Jewish Experience to Open in New Orleans in Fall of 2020

Jan Meisels Allen



The Museum of Southern Jewish Experience will open in New Orleans, Louisiana in the fall of 2020 with over 7,000 artifacts in 9,000 square feet. It will cover the 13 states of the 11 Confederate ones plus Kentucky and Oklahoma.  As Maryland already has a Jewish museum they are not including Maryland.  The Confederate states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.


The story of Jews in the South begins in colonial times –Spanish and French colonies not British ones. Jews who moved to the early South from abroad largely found their niche as merchants, having little experience with agriculture.


The Museum is looking for broader assistance from the Jewish and non-Jewish community to provide artifacts and stories. According to the executive director of the Museum, Kenneth Hoffman, “While states bordering Louisiana are well represented in the collection, the Carolinas, Eastern Tennessee and Kentucky need beefing up. Hoffman says the museum is also hoping to accrue items from the Civil War and even the Revolutionary War.”


Previously and for 26 years the museum operated on the grounds of a reform summer camp in Utica, Mississippi.


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To contact the Museum them contact: info@...


Their website may be accessed at:  https://msje.org/


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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