On October 21, 2012, the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum, Delta State University Capps Archives and Museum, and the City of Cleveland unveiled the historical marker for the Chinese Mission School in Cleveland, Mississippi. The Cleveland Chinese Mission School was built in 1937 to educate the Chinese children in the area who were not allowed to attend public schools in their towns. Funds for the school were raised by the local Chinese residents and Cleveland First Baptist Church. The marker was placed on the front lawn where the former school house once stood. Many former students attended the event and were honored during the program and reception that was held at the Delta State University Capps Archives and Museum following the unveiling. Guests were also encouraged to explore the 3rd floor of the Capps Building to see the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum’s exhibit of various pictures, stories, and artifacts telling the story of the local Chinese community.
As part of the program at the Archives, Lynn Woo, Research Associate at the University of Mississippi (UM) Center for Population Studies, and Blake Gardner, an intern at the Center for Population Studies and graduate student in the UM Department of Sociology and Anthropology, spoke about the Mississippi Delta Chinese Oral History Project. This project is a collaboration started in the summer of 2012 between the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum, Delta State University Capps Archives and Museum, and the UM Center for Population Studies. As part of the project, previously collected oral histories were transcribed and indexed along with the creation of a Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum website. The oral history transcripts are available at the following website: www.mdchm.org.