Event by: The Oaks House Museum
Where: 823 N. Jefferson Street
Open Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Free Admission at the Oaks House Museum.
Special feature at 12:00 noon: Lecture by James L. Robertson, lawyer, historian, former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice, and author of Heroes, Rascals, and the Law: Constitutional Encounters in Mississippi History, due out in November 2018. He will be discussing the Mississippi Married Women’s Property Law, first enacted in 1839.
Mississippi was the first state to adopt such a law. Senator Gordon D. Boyd was a strong proponent – his 1839 speech to the Senate in support of the law was printed in the Weekly Mississippian newspaper. A rascal to some and a hero to others, Gordon Boyd was the brother-in-law of Mrs. Eliza Boyd – the actual owner of the Oaks (and wife of Mayor James H. Boyd), who took title to the property in 1853. Learn about this fascinating Mississippi story at the Oaks House Museum!
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