Mission & Staff


The Margaret Walker Center is an archive, museum, and Black Studies institute, dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of African American history and culture for a local and global community of students, scholars, and the supporting public.

Vision and Goals

Founded by Margaret Walker in 1968, the Center seeks to honor her academic, artistic, and activist legacy by expanding and promoting its manuscript holdings and oral history collections, interpreting African American history and culture through its museum and exhibits, coordinating public programs on campus and throughout the community, preserving historic structures central to the African American experience, and advocating for a degree-granting Black Studies program at Jackson State University.


Chioma Ajuonuma
Graduate Fellow

History & Culture Access Consortium (HCAC)
E-mail: chioma.r.ajuonuma@students.jsums.edu
Phone: 601-979-3935
Location: Ayer Hall

Alissa Rae Funderburk, MA
Mellon Foundation Oral Historian
Email: alissa.funderburk@jsums.edu
Phone: 601.979.3144
Location: Ayer Hall, 322

Patrice Jones-Gibbs, MS

Administrative Assistant/Building Administrator
Email: patrice.l.jones@jsums.edu
Phone: 601.979.2735
Location: Ayer Hall, 203

Raymond Garrad Lee, MA

Digital Humanities Program Manager
History and Culture Access Consortium (HCAC)
Email: raymond.lee@jsums.edu
Phone: 601.979.6883
Location: Ayer Hall, 315

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Robert Luckett, PhD
Director & Professor of History
Phone: 601.979.3935

Location: Ayer Hall

Jaylen McDaniels
Undergraduate Fellow

History & Culture Access Consortium (HCAC)
Email: jaylen.f.mcdaniels@students.jsums.edu

Phone: 601-979-3935
Location: Ayer Hall

Jeremy McDuffey
Mellon Graduate Assistant

Email: jeremy.r.mcduffey@students.jsums.edu
Phone: 601-979-3935
Location: Ayer Hall

Caroline Rutto
Mellon Graduate Assistant 
Email: carolyne.j.rutto@students.jsums.edu
Phone: 601-979-3935
Location: Ayer Hall

Lauren Shelby
Education and PR Manager
Email: lauren.e.shelby@jsums.edu
Phone: 601.979.1349
Location: Ayer Hall, 320

Angela D. Stewart, MA

Email: angela.d.stewart@jsums.edu
Phone: 601.979.2460
Location: Ayer Hall, First Floor


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Margaret Walker Center
College of Liberal Arts
Jackson State University
Ayer Hall
1400 J.R. Lynch Street
P.O. Box 17008
Jackson, MS 39217

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