JACKSON, Miss.- As the start to Capitol Day on Thursday many gathered to hear from the Mississippi Economic Council about plans for two new museums for the state.
The are officially going public with the 2 Mississippi Museums project and are asking for investors for the initiative.
This project will include the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. They are to be located in downtown Jackson.
Ground officially broke in October of 2013 with more than 700 Mississippians in attendance.The current governor, three former governors, and several other dignitaries also attended.
The buildings have been completed and content as well as educational programs are being developed. They plan to open in December of 2017, celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of Mississippi’s admission to the Union.
Legislature has provided nearly $74 million in funding and require that half of the costs be raised by private donors. The private funding goal is set at $17 million and to date, $13 million of that has been raised.
The museums will provide teacher training, educational programs for school groups, as well as traveling exhibits to engage and enlighten Mississippi students. Family History Days, Living History Days, cultural festivals, and national traveling exhibits will highlight the history of Mississippi.