The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) has announced Michael Morris as the new director of the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson.
Morris, a Jackson native, began his career at MDAH in the public relations office in 2016 and most recently served as director of public engagement.
He was responsible for co-leading the MDAH strategic planning process, coordinating community meetings, leading department research projects, planning major events, and supporting the department director and deputy director during legislative sessions.
“Since joining MDAH, Michael has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to preserving and promoting our state’s rich cultural heritage,” Cindy Gardner, MDAH Museum Division director, said. “I have no doubt that the Two Mississippi Museums will continue to thrive under Michael’s capable leadership.”
Morris earned his bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in political science from Jackson State University, where he worked at the Margaret Walker Center and Fannie Lou Hamer Institute on Citizenship and Democracy.
The new director acquired his supervisory management certificate from the Mississippi State Personnel Board and is currently completing its Certified Public Manager Program. Morris also completed the Stennis Institute’s State Executive Development Institute program at Mississippi State University.
Morris was a member of the commission tasked with commemorating the city of Jackson’s bicentennial in 2022, has written markers for the Mississippi Freedom Trail, and has moderated panels for the Mississippi Book Festival.
He steps into the role of director of the Two Museums to succeed Pamela D.C. Junior, who retired in June.
“I feel incredibly honored to take on this role, following in the footsteps of Pam Junior, who did an exceptional job,” Morris said. “These museums are a tremendous asset for the state and the city of Jackson. I am excited to take on this new responsibility and look forward to building on the success there.”
The museums are administered by the MDAH and have attracted more than 500,000 visitors since opening in downtown Jackson in December 2017.