168 A BICENTENNIAL HISTORY OF MISSISSIPPI LAUREN ROGERS MUSEUM OF ART The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is considered Georgian Revival architecture located in the historic district of Laurel, Mississippi, among early twentieth-century homes. It was built in 1923 in memory of Lauren Eastman Rogers, who was the son and grandson of Laurel’s original founders dating back to 1882. Rogers died in 1921 at the early age of twenty-three after complications from an appendectomy. The quaint museum, also regarded as being the first art museum in Mississippi, has art collections of North American Native woven baskets, historic photographs and early maps, as well as nineteenth and twentieth-century works by European, American, and Japanese masters. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMANDA GORDON, LIFE AT CLOVERHILL