Battle of Ackia Commemoration
Tupelo, Mississippi


Saturday May 26, 2018
Tupelo, Mississippi


The Chickasaw victory over the French at the Battle of Ackia, near modern-day Tupelo, prevented the further expansion of the French and eventually led to their defeat during the French and Indian War.

10:00 am to 10:30 am - Joseph Smith from the Chickasaw Nation will present a Junior Ranger program "Chickasaw Culture and Life".” Children will learn and discover how the Chickasaw people lived around Tupelo in the 1700s.

11:30 am to Noon - Brian Mast from the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama will present at 30-minute Junior Ranger Program entitled “We Want YOU for the French Marines!” Junior Rangers will experience life as a French Marine who was part of the 1736 campaign.

1:30 pm to 2:00 pm - Mast will give a 30-minute talk about the Battle of Ackia from both the French and Chickasaw perspectives and the long-range impacts this battle had on European colonization of the area.

Following the programs until 3:00 pm, Smith and Mast will share their knowledge of the time period with visitors of all ages through displays of Chickasaw life and French Marine equipment.

Battle of Ackia Commemoration - Tupelo, Mississippi

The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center is located along the Parkway at milepost 266, just north of Tupelo, Mississippi.

For additional information, please call the visitor center at 662-680-4027, or 1-800-305-7417.

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