Did Jones County, Mississippi really secede from the Confederacy during the Civil War? Did a band of armed men, led by one Newt Knight, really seize control of large parts of the county and surrounding area, abolishing the local government?
And who was this Newt Knight? A cowardly deserter? A latter-day Robin Hood? Or a pro-union, anti-slavery crusader?
An MPB original documentary, “Mississippi’s Free State of Jones” is the story of Jones County’s controversial Knight-errant, the rebellion he led, and the consequences of his actions, both then and now. With commentary by Civil War historians and members of Knight’s family, we search for the truth behind the legend, and for what that truth says to us today.