Museum of Mississippi History
2 Mississippi Museums
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
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In December 2017, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will open in celebration of the state’s bicentennial.

The 2 Mississippi Museums will be a place where Mississippians tell their own stories of the state’s rich and complex history. These stories will be told through the many resources from the collection of the Department of Archives and History. We will present the history of our state as never before with eye-popping artifacts, photographs, videos, and interactive exhibits.

The state has committed $90 million to date for this state-of-the art 200,000 square-foot center. It will serve as a portal to other cultural attractions across the state, preserve and store over 22,000 artifacts, and benefit hundreds of thousands of people a year through museum visits, public programs, and educational outreach.

While the majority of funding for the museums has been provided by the Mississippi Legislature, the Foundation for Mississippi History raised $17 million in private funds for exhibits and programs and is continuing to raise money for special programs, school visits, promotional initiatives, and new technology. You can support this private fundraising by making a one-time gift or becoming a 2 Museums Member.

We want you to be a partner in this historic project for our state and hope you will join us when Mississippi makes history.

 

 

Museum of Mississippi History

The Museum of Mississippi History will present the entire sweep of the state’s history, from earliest times to the present, for all to see and learn. Visitors will experience some of the newest interactive technology and exhibits developed by Design Minds.

Visitors will learn about the Native Americans and their lasting mark on the state’s history and landscape, the exploration and eventual settlement by Europeans, and the brutal ways in which African men and women were forcibly brought to Mississippi and enslaved. Visitors will learn about secession and the Civil War, Reconstruction, a new constitution, the great migration and flood, two world wars, the impact of technology on farming, the diversification and industrialization of the economy, civil and voting rights gained by women and blacks, the growth and the battle over public education, among many other topics. They will also revel in the sounds and words of the world’s finest musicians and authors and see the significant impact of Mississippians on culture.

Thousands of Mississippians have donated artifacts, journals, family heirlooms, and other family treasures since 1902 when the Mississippi Department of Archives and History began collecting our state’s history. Visitors will travel back in time as they view artifacts such as the 20-star American flag representing Mississippi’s admission into the Union, rare quilts by Mississippi artists, priceless letters, photographs, documents, an ornate necklace donated by descendants of a Federal soldier who stole it from a Jackson home during the Civil War, interviews by present day Choctaw leaders, and even a clock that stopped at the time Hurricane Katrina flooded a home on the Coast.

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will focus on the period 1945 to 1976 when Mississippi was ground zero for the Civil Rights Movement nationwide.

Benefiting from feedback from statewide community meetings, an advisory scholars group, and the MCRM Advisory Commission, the firm Hilferty & Associates designed the exhibit plan for the nation’s first state-operated civil rights museum. Visitors will see a miniature chess set molded from bread by a Freedom Rider at Parchman prison and the front doors of the Bryant store in Money, Mississippi, that Emmett Till walked through in the summer of 1955. They will hear the stories and music of activists jailed during the movement and reflect on the consequences African Americans faced when “crossing the line” in Jim Crow Mississippi.

The story of the African American Mississippian’s struggle for freedom and justice will be told through seven thematic galleries and mini theaters encircling a central gallery entitled “This Little Light of Mine.”  This inspirational space will carry the theme of the entire museum—that throughout Mississippi, ordinary people engaged in an extraordinary struggle to make real America’s promise of equal rights for all. A stunning sculpture and music honoring civil rights veterans will be the focus of this dramatic light-filled central space.

From The Collection

“How We Live”
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Paul Canonici
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“Harvesting Cotton/ Bringing to Store”
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William Duffner
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Fingerprint Cameras and Kits
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Hunting Horn
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Enduring Cultures
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Florence Mars’ Typewriter and Lunchbox
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