Five years ago, the Two Mississippi Museums – the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History – opened in Jackson to provide people with the opportunity the learn about Mississippi’s history and the Civil Rights movement, as well as to support our country’s journey toward healing and to inspire a sense of hope for the future.
“The Two Mississippi Museums preserve the painful stories and truths of our ancestors and are a testament to the deep resolve we have to healing our communities,” said Rhea Williams-Bishop, director of Mississippi and New Orleans programming for WKKF.
Here’s a look at what WKKF’s President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron said at the opening of the Two Mississippi Museums in 2017.
That Saturday, the first 125 kids through the door received a free train kit, with a make-and-paint-your-own-train workshop open to all. The day also included live music in the Hall of History. Sunday’s festivities included a hot chocolate station, holiday cookies and a classic holiday movie. Admission was free, supported by the Community Foundation for Mississippi and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
That weekend – chill in weather, but warm in reception – attendees were reminded of the words of civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams at the grand opening of the museums:
“There’s a place of learning, a place of feeling and letting one’s emotions out; a place where one, and particularly our children, can be creative in thinking and planning for the future.”