By Julianne G. Crane
Just a little more than two years ago, Two Mississippi Museums opened in downtown Jackson in celebration of the state’s bicentennial. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum share a common entrance and lobby.
|Museum of Mississippi History (MississippiMuseums.org)|
The Mississippi History museum explores more than 15,000 years of state history from the Paleozoic age to the present. However, it offers little coverage of the civil rights era, leaving that to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Visitors will experience innovative exhibits, educational programs, and hundreds of artifacts.
|Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (MississippiMuseums.org)|
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is the first museum about the U.S. civil rights movement to be sponsored by an individual state.
Visitors move through eight galleries surrounding a central rotunda. Galleries covering the slave trade, then Emancipation, Proclamation, and Reconstruction that created African American communities that began to thrive. Then folks enter a large room dominated by a tree. “The tree represents lynching, and on the leaves are images of lynchings and the types of discrimination permitted and encouraged by Jim Crow laws,” according to a posting on Wikipedia.
The remaining galleries are more spacious, and “focus on a 30-year period during which Mississippi was in the forefront of the civil rights struggle. Included in these sections are an exhibit on individuals murdered for their civil rights activism.”
Parking for large RVs can be challenging. Call the museum (601-576-6800) for information on the nearest parking.
If you go:
Tuesday–Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1–5 p.m.
Admission to both Museums:
Youth (ages 4–18): $8
Senior (ages 60+) or military: $13
Children under 3 years: FREE
Dec. 21, 2019 — Free Third Saturday. FREE admission to the Museums
Dec. 26, at 6 p.m. — Kwanzaa Celebration 2019.
The museums are partnering with Women for Progress of MS, Inc., for a Kwanzaa celebration.