City of Vicksburg honors Dr. William Ferris with Key to the City

Published 3:51 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will present Dr. William Ferris with a Key to the City on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting held in the Robert M. Walker Building.

Ferris is a Vicksburg native and distinguished American author and scholar who formerly served as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and concluded his tenancy as chairman in 2001.

Ferris was also the founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi and is the co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

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Ferris will be honored for his work in documenting Mississippi’s culture, history and folklore on March 25 by the Mississippi Humanities Council, where he will receive the Cora Norman Award to recognize his distinguished career as a scholar and national leader in the humanities.

“Dr. Ferris is a treasure whose legacy will live long in Vicksburg history,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. “It is only fitting that we recognize him for his work and tireless commitment and dedication to showcasing Southern folklore.”