Wisconsin high school students visit historical Jones County ahead of movie release

Wisconsin high school students visit historical Jones County ahead of movie release

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A group of high school students from Wisconsin took a trip to Jones County Junior College for a lesson in the area's history.

About 25 students from Marquette University High School visited Jones County Junior College to hear Wyatt Moulds discuss his experiences as a consultant while working on the movie, "The Free State of Jones."

Out of the 50-60 locations the group visits over the summer, Mould's research on Newt Knight gained their interest.

"We went canoeing down the Mississippi River down to Natchez. I thought that was pretty cool just trying to visualize something that we can't see like things such as ironclad battles things that normal people aren't going to get to see," said Connor Johnson, senior. "" I think this trip is like really cool how it is able to merge Civil Rights and Civil War history together into something that normal people aren't going to get to experience."

Another student emphasized the importance of taking lessons outside of the classroom.

"The textbook can only do so much and give you statistics and what it might be like. But you don't really know the terrain and geography and what actually shapes a battle until you are actually there," said Paul Schide, senior. "You also get to experience a lot of the culture that they don't experience from Wisconson like the northern states."

Each year the group travels to a different region of the south. Our state is the eighth stop for this 11-day tour.

During the tour the students only stay on historical sites.

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